Nevada Union senior petitions for safety mural at Nevada City pool |

Nevada Union senior petitions for safety mural at Nevada City pool

Jordan Mol, 17, displays a poster she made for a project to paint boundary marks on the Nevada City Pool mural, shortly after a presentation at the city hall of Nevada City on Thursday.
Submitted by Heidi Mal | Submitted by Heidi Mal

The Nevada City Planning Commission passed a motion to adopt a proposal by a Nevada Union High School senior student to paint a mural to warn small children not to swim past their boundaries at the Nevada City Pool.

Jordan Mol, who used to work as a lifeguard for the recreational facility at Pioneer Park, said part of the inspiration came from seeing how easy it was for youths to accidentally go beyond their safety limits.

“I wanted to help the safety of children who can’t swim very well,” said the 17-year-old during a presentation in front of the committee Thursday.

Jordan Mol’s mother, Heidi Mol, and 15-year-old brother, Mitchell Mol, listened proudly in the audience as Jordan spoke. Heidi Mol said the pool has markings on the edges, but they are not easy to spot. Jordan’s project will enable children and parents in the pool to see the warnings just by raising their heads.

“It’s just a simple reminder of where the boundary is,” Heidi Mol said. “So parents could say to the children, don’t go beyond the starfish.”

The mural measures 52 feet in length, and stands 8 feet tall, said Jordan Mol. Mol said the mural would be decorated with colorful figures so it will be attractive to children.

“The mural will be at an angle. It’s going to correspond to the depth of the pool, so kids can stand and see where they can have their heads above water,” she added.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Commissioner Dan Thiem said in support of the project.

The proposal was part of Jordan Mol’s Senior Project at Nevada Union High School, which is a community service requirement for senior students before graduation. Vice-Chair Pamela Meek seconded the approval for Mol’s project but also applauded the timeliness of the senior.

“At the end of school year, I was invited to judge the senior projects,” said Meek. “Many seniors don’t know what their ideas are until a month before the project is due. The fact that Jordan is at it nice and early is admirable.”

Mol presented three design ideas to the commissioners. Many members expressed support for the second sketch, which features a beach above navy blue waves.

The project will probably cost $400, Mol said. The senior said she already garnered some support from many local material shops, whose owners have agreed to donate materials and supplies to the project. She hopes to start painting in the next couple of weeks, weather permitting. But before that, she will try to acquire more sponsors for her project.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, call 530-477-4236 or email

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