Please join Councilman Buscaino, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Bureau of Engineering and the Port of Los Angeles as we break ground on the Gaffey Street Pool Renovation project on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 12:30pm. Please feel free to forward the attached flyer to your respective contact lists.
The original pool was built in 1943 on what was the former Fort MacArthur military base. Later, it became a summer haven to generations of children who grew up in San Pedro, offering a picturesque, tree-shaded pool with the ocean within view to the south.
The pool was built with funds raised from an Army road show called "Hey Rookie" that starred red-haired actor Sterling Holloway.
Bringing this pool back to life is made possible by nearly $7 million earmarked by the Port of Los Angeles from the China Shipping judgment several years ago.
When it reopens, it will be operated as a seasonal city pool open to the public during the summer months.
"Creating public spaces like parks and pools like this one that serve entire generations in a community is a priority of mine," said Councilman Buscaino. "That is why I am very excited about this project."