RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The city of Reno will discuss using blight funds to fix vandalism damage that has so far forced the closure of Traner Pool for the summer of 2017.
The city will begin its required process to go out to public bid, and will complete an asbestos abatement, in addition to other repairs that were deferred during the recession.
Listner Lifestyle Homes has also donated $25,000 to help fix the pool.
March 16, 2017, the community pool was broken into. Damage to the facility included stolen electrical and plumbing equipment, and the pool boiler was destroyed. The city says the initial cost estimate to make repairs to the pool and replace damaged equipment is between $240,000 and $350,000.
City of Reno staff continues to assess the situation and is devising a plan to include a timeline to complete the repairs. It is anticipated that Traner Pool, normally operational for 12 weeks during the summer, will not be able to open at all for the 2017 summer season. The city plans to repair the pool to prepare for opening it in summer 2018 with extended public swimming hours.
"This is unfortunate for our community," Ward 3 Reno City Councilmember Oscar Delgado says. "I know how much the Traner neighborhood loves its pool. I promise that we will work diligently to solve the problem, but we're asking for the community's patience throughout this process."
To serve the residents’ swimming needs, the city recommends residents use Northwest Pool, which is currently open, and Idlewild Pool, which will open in June to the public.
The Reno Police Department is investigating the theft and vandalism. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at 775-334-2115, or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900 or secretwitness.com, or you can text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.