Reno City Council moves ahead with Moana pool project

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - The Reno City Council on Wednesday approved accepting a $9 million pledge towards building a new swimming pool on Moana Lane, conditioned on the city raising $9.7 million to finish project.

The city of Reno conception of the new Moana Pool development.

The William N. Pennington Foundation pledged the money to finish the 35-meter aquatic center at Moana Springs to replace the facility shut down in 2007.

The city must raise its share by June 30, 2021. Options to raise the money include borrowing it, reallocating dollars from the general fund and using room tax money.

Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics has been trying to get a new pool built since 2008. In October 2018 the council started developing plans for a 35-meter pool with an option for a 50-meter pool if money becomes available.

The city is also exploring adding party and meeting rooms, outdoor hot springs and possibly a spa.

The Pennington Foundation also pledged $800,000 toward repairs and enhancements at Traner Pool, which reopened in June 2018, and $5 million towards building a new police station at the site of the current Reno Gazette-journal building.

“Today is a milestone day for recreation in the city of Reno,” Reno Vice Mayor Naomi Duerr said in a statement. “We are extremely thankful to the Pennington Foundation for their generosity, and we will be asking the whole community to step up and help us make this new pool — something our community desperately needs — a reality.”

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