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Peoples Community Center Pool is Getting a Makeover

Peoples Pool in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood is getting a makeover. Makeover might actually not be a strong enough word for the improvements coming to the Metro Parks facility at 9th and MLK.

The Peoples Community Center was known as Malcolm X Center until it got a name change in 1978. Kate Martin over at The News Tribune has more on the pool's history, including its construction following the Mother's Day Riot of 1969 in the Hilltop. Martin quotes a TNT reporter at the time explaining.

“A swimming pool for the Hilltop area was urged as one way to keep restless youngsters off the streets” 

The Mother's Day Riot and the Malcolm X name may be history now, but the need for community center services in the Hilltop is current, and what is now known as Peoples Community Center is getting some much needed attention.

The Community Center has already been upgraded, with new and improved gym and fitness center facilities. The next step is a new pool to replace the old one shut down in 2008, due to "structural issues."

The new pool will be well lit with natural light from plentiful floor to ceiling windows. The remodel will also include new features and amenities geared toward serving all ages.

The project includes ... a new indoor pool building, including a leisure pool in the existing natatorium footprint and an additional lap pool and associated pool support spaces west of the existing building. 

  • 3 Lane Lap Pool
  • Current Channel & Vortex
  • Passive Swim Area & Bench
  • Indoor Spray Pad
  • Two Party Rooms
  • Two Changing Rooms

$5 million of the cost of the $7.1 million project came from the City, with Metro Parks contributing another $1.65 million, and the State Department of Commerce chipping in just under $500,000.

Design work is in final phases, and construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2015. The new pool is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2016.

(And we have our new vocabulary word for the day: Natatorium: a swimming pool, esp. one that is indoors.)


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