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Echo Hollow Pool reopens multi-million dollar renovation

The project cost the city $11.5 million.

Posted: Jun 17, 2021 9:22 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2021 10:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Echo Hollow Pool will reopen Monday, June 21st after being closed for over a year due to renovations.

The pool closed in February 2020 before the pandemic and crews worked for months redoing the area.

On Thursday, the Eugene Parks and Recreations Department held a "water cutting" ceremony to symbolically open Echo Hollow Pool.

Three lucky swimmers got to go down the 19-foot water slide at Thursday's event.

The project cost the city $11.5 million and was funded by a bond measure passed by voters in 2018.

The new Echo Hollow Pool now has space to host water polo practices and two springboards. The lap was deepened to 13 feet. A new activity pool was created with a splash play zone, water basketball, and two more swim lanes. 

Indoor spaces were also given an upgrade. The indoor pool was given a zero-entry ramp and the pool was also deepened. Locker rooms were also renovated with new private showers, new lockers, and a family changing room.

The Parks and Recreation Department said the facility is more energy efficient with new solar panels and LED Lighting.

Though the pool will open Monday, reservations will still be required because of current COVID-19 restrictions. Once those are dropped, community members can come and go as they please. 

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