Gleason Pool closed

Gleason Pool has been closed for two years.

JOHN DAY — Plans for a new aquatics center to replace the aging Gleason Pool will go before the John Day Planning Commission next week.

Gleason Pool, the only public swimming pool in Grant County, was built in the 1950s and has significant deferred maintenance issues. It has been closed for the last two summers.

In addition, the city of John Day has been negotiating to sell the pool property and surrounding park to the state for a new Kam Wah Chung interpretive center.

The John Day-Canyon City Parks and Recreation District proposes to replace the old pool with a new aquatics center near the west end of the Seventh Street Sports Complex in John Day. Plans call for a six-lane, 25-yard competitive pool with an adjoining building.

The budget for the project is about $6 million. The Legislature has provided $2 million toward the cost, leaving another $4 million to be raised through other means. The Parks and Rec District has announced plans to put a bond measure on the ballot sometime next year.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a conditional use permit for the project at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. The public can participate virtually via videoconference by going to

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