Berkeley High School’s pool, which many elderly prefered, closed in December.

Berkeley City Council to explore funding options for city’s pools

Next Tuesday’s Berkeley City Council meeting may mark the beginning of a revitalization of the city’s warm therapeutic pools, nearly five months after the city’s last warm pool was closed down. The council will consider a recommendation at its May 1 meeting that deals with the city’s efforts to build
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Community members gather around warm water pool at Berkeley High School Wednesday evening to hold a mock funeral.

‘Funeral’ marks closure of Berkeley high’s warm water pool

To recognize the closure of Berkeley High School’s warm water pool, roughly 40 people gathered for a “funeral” Wednesday evening to express their discontent at losing the facility, which is set to have its last day of operation Thursday. The pool  —  which city residents have fought to keep open for
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Berkeley City Council Meeting

City Council and community members talk costs of pools planning process

The Berkeley City Council and community members raised concerns at a work session Tuesday night that an over-evaluation of non-construction related expenses has hindered the city’s efforts to implement a ballot measure to save its pools. At the work session, William Rogers, director of the city’s Parks Recreation and Waterfront
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City maintains shower program for homeless

They huddled under the awning outside the swim center, some clutching half-empty bottles of shampoo, others, half-empty bottles of liquor. They were the homeless of Berkeley, waiting outside the closed pool at Willard Middle School to take their Saturday morning showers. The city has run a daily shower program at
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Warm water pool set for December closure

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a three-part series on the city budget. Lee Nelson, a retired Rockridge area resident, stood in the shallow end of Berkeley’s warm water pool on a Wednesday evening, his thin hands gripped around a swim noodle, basking in the heated waters. Nelson,
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