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POOLING RESOURCES LANCASTER SWIMMING FACILITY GETS NEW LOCKER BUILDING.

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LANCASTER - Jane Reynolds Park's swimming pool will open today for the summer with a new $580,000 locker building.

Part of an ongoing face lift of the city's oldest park, the new building replaces one that was nearly 45 years old and had rusting roof supports and other problems.

``It's not the only public pool any longer, but it's still a favorite part of the summertime,'' Mayor Frank Roberts said.

The pool building construction included resurfacing the pitted concrete pool deck with a beige material that stays cooler in the sunlight and reduces glare. The 100-by-45-foot pool itself has been replastered several times and the filter pump and other equipment replaced over the years.

The city is also resurfacing the park's volleyball, basketball and tennis courts and installing new playground equipment at a cost of about $65,000, of which about $25,000 will come from a state tire recycling grant. The playground will be surfaced with a protective matting made from recycled tires.

The new pool building is done in the same concrete-block construction as the old building, which over the years had functioned as a Halloween haunted house as well as a locker room.

It contains locker rooms, reception desk and staff room for pool lifeguards.

Saved from the original building was the 1958 plaque that notes the pool was named for Myrtie Webber, who for decades owned Lancaster's Western Hotel, now a city museum. Webber was 90 when Los Angeles County built the pool. She died 20 years later at age 110 in 1978, less than a year after Lancaster became a city.

Myrtie Webber Pool was Lancaster's only public pool until the city built the enclosed Eastside Pool in 1982. Eastside is open year-round; Myrtie Webber Pool is open July 4 through Labor Day.

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(1 -- color) Swimmers frolic in the Myrtie Webber Pool at Jane Reynolds Park with the new locker building in the background.

(2) Supervisor Warren Dorn and Myrtie Webber are see at the pool's '58 groundbreaking.

Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographers
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Date:Jul 4, 2003
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