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Olympic size pool generates funding

Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 15:12


Christian Urrutia / The Advocate

The Pool creates revenue for the college without having a swimming or water polo team since the early 1980s by renting out its use to local high schools teams and the community.

Nestled between the Men’s and Women’s locker rooms, the College Pool has not hosted a Comet water sport team for more than 30 years.

However, it continues to generate revenue for the athletic department by charging local high schools, the community and private swim teams to use it almost year round.

Pinole Valley High School water polo coach Jim Ulversoy said that the annual revenue fluctuates depending on how many people or organizations sign up to pay for its use.

“This place (the Pool) is home for a lot of high schools,” he said. “The Pool contributes to the athletic budget even without a college sports team.”

Athletic Director John Wade said that the amount of money the college makes is “at the whim of the public.” He said that the charge for a water sport team to use the Pool is about $46 an hour.

According to Ulversoy, who doubles as a Contra Costa College adjunct P.E. professor, that fee can range from $4,000 to 5,000 per season, from April 8 until Dec. 12.

The Pool is available for public use from June 10 to July 25 for $2 per day or $20 for a 10-day pass. “We introduce the community to the college through swimming lessons,” Ulversoy said.

He added that the college also offers Water Exercise classes. He also teaches classes for people who want to improve their swimming competitively or swimming lessons for novice swimmers.

“We have three college classes and sometimes have up to 1,300 people trying to sign up,” Ulversoy said. These classes are offered during the spring and fall semesters.

Recently, there has been a slight drop in people signing up for the courses according to Ulversoy. He said that most students go to Diablo Valley College instead of CCC because they think that the swim facilities are superior, since there are no water sport teams at CCC.

“Once they (students) go over the hill to DVC), its hard to bring them back,” he said.

Ulversoy said that because CCC gets its water from East Bay MUD instead of from the delta, as DVC does, CCC’s water has a lower salt content. He said that makes it more enjoyable to swim in.

Building and Grounds Manager Bruce King said that the Pool is a great feature for the college even though the upkeep is “a sizable cost for the school.”

He said that an annual inspection is done to make sure the chemical levels are not too high, and that the filters and pumps are working properly.

“Its hard to say how much the pool makes,” King said. He said that the Pool is heated to a comfortable 86 degrees using natural gas all year and the energy usage is under the supervision PG&E.

Construction of the Olympic sized 50-meter pool was completed in 1970 and has undergone a recent retrofit in 2003. It cost roughly $500,000 to replace the boilers, the plaster and tile at the bottom of the pool to renovate of all the lighting fixtures.

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