Vernon City Council commits $800,000 to upgrade beloved wading pool | infonews

A conceptual design of the new Peanut Pool.

Image credit: City of Vernon

March 28, 2022 – 6:00 pm

The Vernon City Council approved spending $800,000 to renovate the popular outdoor pool and park.

The 64-year-old Lakeview Wading Pool, popularly known as the Peanut Pool because of its shape, is due for an upgrade after the city sought public input earlier this year.

At today’s meeting, March 28, Vernon city councilors agreed to spend $800,000 on the pool. The money will come from various City reserve funds.

The newly renovated pool is said to include a new spray park, but no further details were given at the meeting.

Earlier this year, the City launched a public survey asking residents for their input on the future of the iconic wading pool and park and including a design plan.

The plan included a new rectangular wading pool, although the spray park was shaped like a peanut to pay homage to the original pool. The revitalization plan includes a complete overhaul of the bathroom, locker room and mechanical building, in addition to making the pool more accessible to users.

The Peanut Pool was opened to the public in 1958 and has been a popular designation in Lakeview Park ever since.

The survey indicated that the City had applied for various grants to revitalize the Peanut Pool and estimated that it would cost $2.5 million to upgrade the facility.

There was no discussion at today’s meeting about grants received or not received.

A proposed site plan.

A proposed site plan.

Image credit: City of Vernon

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