40-year-old pool is showing its age

By: Jamie Mulkey, Loomis Basin Dolphins
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In less than three months since approval of a conceptual design by the Placer Union High School District board, the Friends of Del Oro High School pool raised over $75,000 toward building a new aquatic facility. The current Del Oro pool is over 40 years old and is due for an extreme makeover. It needs new heating equipment, major pool resurfacing and new bathroom facilities. Swimmers can get injured in and around the pool due to maintenance required. Without a major renovation in the near future, the pool will most likely be shut down, ending an aquatic era rich in history and accomplishments. Design of the new pool is underway, taking into consideration the high school and the community in its use models. This new facility will better accommodate current users, which include Del Oro physical education classes, swim and water polo teams, the Loomis Basin Dolphins summer recreational swim team, learn-to-swim programs, and community open swim. Designed for an increase to 14 lanes, the new competition pool will also be a viable home for a year-round swim team, masters swim programs, scuba instruction, kayak training and life-saving programs. The capability of hosting high school and collegiate-level water polo games will also make the facility an attractive venue for water polo tournaments. In addition to the competition pool, the new pool facility will include an aquatic therapy pool. This facility will allow for the opportunity to partner with the medical community for aquatic therapy. With its smaller size, warmer water and shallow depth, it will also offer programs for seniors, infants and toddlers, and people with special needs. As part of this early fundraising effort, the Loomis Basin Dolphins has contributed to the project. Loomis Basin Dolphin board member and former Dolphin swimmer Casey Feickert said, “We greatly value being able to use the Del Oro pool for practices and home meets. We feel it is critical for the team to contribute to this project. The new pool construction is a community effort and the Loomis Basin Dolphins have been part of this community for over 30 years.” The Friends of Del Oro Pool is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to create a state-of-the-art pool facility for Del Oro High School and the Loomis Community. All donations are tax deductible and are deposited into a special fund managed by the Placer Union High School District. The organization has a goal of raising approximately $4 million by the end of 2011. Any individual or company interested in making a contribution can contact Grace Kamphefner at or 765-0086. Jamie Mulkey is a Loomis Basin Dolphin swim team parent and board member.