Jim Major, Barbara Bronson Gray, Tom Gray and Beth Yudovin introduced themselves as representatives of a volunteer group wanting to put a pool in Cambria. They began with a few trivia questions: Where and when was the first concrete pool built? Answer: in 1916 in Texas. What is the oldest swim stroke? Answer: the breast stroke. Who was the first woman to swim the English Channel? Answer: Gertrude Ederle.

Beth Yudovin told us that her late husband, David Yudovin, was a marathon swimmer and, when they first moved to Cambria, they used to swim in the pool at Cambria Pines Lodge. Since that was closed down, there is really no place in Cambria to swim except at the Shamel Park pool which has very limited availability. The group would like to see a new pool that could be used for exercise, water safety classes and possibly even for a high school swim team. The original plan of putting the pool at the high school fell through so they are now working with the SLO County Parks Department to build a new pool with showers on the south side of Shamel Park. The pool would be a 6 lane lap pool with an area set aside for exercise and water safety classes. Tom Gray explained that the group has begun the process of applying for a 501(c)3 because, if approved, the project will need to be funded from private sources. The estimated cost will be $3-5 million.

The area currently housing the pool would be turned into a grassy area that could be used for picnics, games, etc. A survey sent out recently received 752 responses, 70% of which were positive.

If you would like more information about Cambrians for Aquatics and want to hear more about their plans, contact Barbara by phone at 805-927-5176 or email her at bbgray@sbcglobal.net.

Note: the area that currently houses the pool would be filled in and planted with grass. The existing playground would remain untouched.

The new pool would be built on the opposite side. It It will be heated and protected from the wind in some manner.