By Tanya Dennis
The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously last Tuesday to put a measure on the November ballot for $19.4 million to renovate and rebuild their warm pools, Willard pool, and make necessary improvements to King and West Pool facilities.
Willard pool was closed and filled in with dirt in 2010 because the city could not afford repairs and a ballot measure for funding failed to pass. Last year a grassroots campaign was staged to reopen Willard pool and prevent the closure of Berkeley’s warm water pool because of budget cuts.
Students at Willard Middle School, teachers and concerned community members showed up to speak at city council meetings, called or emailed council members, made signs, rallied on Telegraph, hung signs/posters, and wrote letters when council members were first resistant to placing a pool measure on the ballot in November.