Anyone looking to cool off by taking a dip at the city's Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center may notice some changes to the pool this summer season.
In the spring, the high diving board was removed, according to recreation supervisor Ian Anderson. Not only was it broken, but it wasn't in line with Cal-OSHA safety standards, he said.
The option was to either remove the low, one-meter diving board and keep the three-meter high dive, or to remove the high dive and install an additional low diving board. Anderson said the plan is to the latter.
"More people can use [the one-meter boards," Anderson said. "A young child is going to be scared to go up on the three-meter board. Teenagers and adults are going to be the ones who frequent the facility less, anyhow."
Marty Maraschin, a Pleasanton resident, said he's been doing flips off the high dive for the last five years or so.
"Everybody I talk to is upset [about the removal," he said. "A number of people are saying they may go to the high dive in San Ramon instead."
He, too, is considering foregoing his annual pass to the city aquatic center in favor of a facility with a diving board more to his liking.
"The goal is to buy another one-meter," Anderson said, adding that it hasn't been purchased yet and no installation date has been set.
The aquatics center, located at 4455 Black Ave., opened for afternoon hours this week, in addition to the weekend schedule. To learn more about the center, call 931-3420.