The Kiddie Pool at Lovers Point — a touchstone for generations of Pacific Grove residents — looks like it will be revived by a community fundraising campaign.
"We are pretty optimistic," said city recreation director Don Mothershead on Wednesday. "We don't know the true cost of construction, but we do think we are going to have a surplus."
To date, the campaign to build a new Lovers Point pool for swim lessons and recreational swimming has raised about $122,000. It received a big boost this week with an anonymous donor's pledge to match dollar-for-dollar all new donations.
The first pool just above the beach at Lovers Point was a saltwater plunge built in 1938. The current one, which was closed last summer because of a host of maintenance issues, was built in 1972. For years, the city held swim lessons and recreational swimming programs at the pool.
The "Save the Pool" campaign to raise money to repair the pool started last summer after city officials said it would make more sense to build a new pool than repair the current one.
Contractor bids are due in early March, and if things go right the new pool should open June 1, Mothershead said.
The city didn't have the money to pay for pool repairs, so the community fundraising drive was organized. The goal was $250,000 — an amount that would probably provide an operating-fund endowment and swim-lesson scholarships.
"The citizens' response has been just amazing," Mothershead said. "The pool itself is a lot of the city's culture.
The campaign's Facebook page — facebook.com/friendsofpgrec — recounts recent contributions from a spaghetti feed, a $10,000 donation from the Big Sur International Marathon and a share of the profits from a family lemonade stand.
Larry Parsons can be reached at 646-4379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.