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May 25, 2012
Neighborhoods stepping in to save Sacramento pools that grocery store effort could not

Save Mart supermarkets and city officials worked for months to open six pools this summer through a fundraising drive. But what about the pools that couldn't be saved?

One of those pools is now going to be open three days a week, after the neighborhood association, a city councilman and county supervisor, and the Sierra Health Foundation did their own fundraising.

Both the swimming pool and wading pool at Tahoe Park will open June 19. The pool is expected to be open on one weekend day and two weekdays.

That pool, nestled in one of the city's largest neighborhood parks, hasn't been open since 2009 due to budget reductions.

"This was an ultimate community effort," said Councilman Kevin McCarty. "Neighbors felt like seeing that pool closed was a statement about their neighborhood. Now we're making a statement that we have an asset that's open."

The saving of the Tahoe Park pool follows news from earlier this week that Councilman Rob Fong, neighborhood residents and the YMCA had partnered to open the pool in Southside Park. Even with those pools open, there are still four city pools that will be shuttered this summer.

In Tahoe Park, the Sierra Health Foundation has committed $21,000 toward the $42,000 it will take to open the pool three days a week. McCarty has pledged to raise between $11,000 and $13,000, and Sacramento Supervisor Phil Serna is chipping in $5,000.

The Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association is raising cash for the effort as well, with a goal of between $3,000 and $5,000.

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