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The Bud Kearns Municipal Pool in Balboa Park reopens after going through a $2.6 million renovation. 

The historic pool reopened on Saturday, completing a process that went underway back in May of 2020 at Morley Field Sports Complex, replacing the old internal operating systems that was originally installed 90 years ago. 

According to reports, the new project was installed with a new recirculation system, newly installed pool stairs, handrails, riders, pipe system, and a new deck edging that was installed to improve the pool's safety and visibility. 

San Diego Todd Gloria says that this new renovation project restores the appreciation for an old beloved pool in our community, and adds that it is built to be enjoyed by San Diegans of future generations ahead. 

“We’re excited for the reopening of this beloved community pool,” Gloria said. “These extensive renovations restore and enhance the accessibility of Bud Kearns Pool so that it can be enjoyed by all San Diegans for generations to come.”

Councilman Stephen Whitbum was in attendance to cut the ceremonial ribbon alongside the grandson of Bud Kearns. 

The Councilman says that this pool has been a big part of the lives of San Diego residents over the years, and adds that the upgrades in this facility will be continued to be embraced just as much going forward. 

“Bud Kearns Municipal Pool has been a spot for District 3 residents of all ages to get exercise, learn to swim, or have fun in the water,” said Whitburn, who represents the district. “I am happy that this facility has reopened with the upgrades so that it can continue to be a place for families to enjoy for many more decades to come.” 

The original pool was originally opened on January 1, 1933, and was pronounced as the very first municipal pool in all of San Diego. And two decades after in the 1950's, the pool was eventually renamed after former Recreation Director of San Diego, William A. Kearns, who retired in 1948. 

Nicole McNeil, district manager of aquatics for San Diego’s Parks and Recreation Department, says that although the pool has gone throughout a great upgrade, the historic pool still conserves the old school dimensions that was felt and seen prior to renovation. 

“We tried to preserve as much as possible of that historic feeling, and so we kept the dimensions the same but basically everything underground is new,” said McNeil. 

The pool is now officially open with a schedule of 6:30am to 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10am to 3pm on Saturdays. 

Kids and seniors enter the facility at a cost of $2 and adults $4 admission. 

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