It’s official! After what feels like forever, summer is here and with it, the opening of the Malin Pool. Do not be surprised however, if upon attending, you notice some much needed renovations; which are some of the first renovations of the pool since it’s opening in 1948.
Thanks to a $350,000 grant from the Oregon Park and Recreation Department, which covered about half of the total cost of the project, the pool was able to open in time for the summer season.
“Malin pool is the epitome of the summertime nostalgia” Kendra Schroeder, Malin Pool Manager, shared as she expressed the feeling she gets going into her eighth season. What once was a 35 yard pool now houses a nice wading pool for young swimmers as well as a 25 yard standard lap pool.
In order to accomplish the project, it required an entire removal of the old recirculating piping. Creating the wading pool required usage of the old pool deck space, while the previous filtration system was also replaced with all new equipment. The entire project was wrapped up with a new concrete surface surrounding the pool.
An open pool is the goal, however due to COVID-19, there will be some restrictions that have come with it. Malin Pool has made sure that their staff will adhere to Oregon Health Authority guidelines including: all employees wearing masks while on shift, a maximum capacity of 50 swimmers, and COVID tracing. Swimming lessons have also been cancelled; however, there has been an increase in swim camps throughout the summer to teach water safety to kids.
Expect to get your water wings wet daily from 1-5pm and again during the evening swim from 6:30-8pm each night except Sunday. You can also sign up for adult lap swim or even host a private party .
Jaselyn Story, a returning lifeguard, shared that her and her fellow lifeguards came back again this year because she enjoys watching the kids grow up over the years and loves to see who they are becoming. She asks that those who do make their way to the pool this year, come in with a good mindset and always respect the lifeguards.
Though many things have changed in our world and community, the staff of Malin pool stands by their promise to provide fun and safe entertainment for your family throughout the summer.