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Why do we need a new community pool on the coastside?

  • We live on the ocean, but we do not have a place to teach our kids to swim.

  • Our only viable community pool is the current pool at Half Moon Bay High School,                                          but the pool is old and the community need has outgrown what this pool can provide.

  • Community access to the pool is limited.

  • Our senior community does not have a place for water aerobic exercise and therapy.

  • We cannot offer swim lessons.

  • The current pool is too shallow for the water polo teams to practice and host meets.

  • The Half Moon Bay High School water polo teams must travel to the College of San Mateo on school days to practice. They are home after 10PM on a school night.

  • The pool is 50 years old, breaks down often and is more costly to run than a newer pool would be.  

  • A New Community Pool is part of the Parks Master Plan.  



Ways to support the new community pool

  • John S. Kolbisen Pool Endowment Fund - Goal: $1M

We have an established restricted fund, the John S. Kolbisen Pool Endowment Fund. Our former Board member and Treasurer, John Kolbisen’s dream and vision was to build a new pool on the coast and we plan to honor his memory by making this happen. John brought with him his love of education and children into his volunteer organizations, founding both the Cabrillo Clippers and Mavericks Swim Organization swim teams. He served on the board of the Half Moon Bay Boys and Girls Club, Half
Moon Bay Parks and Recreation Department, co-founded Friends of Half Moon Bay Parks and Rec, and was a founding member and past president of the National Swim School Association and United States Swim School Association. This fund established
by John will support the ongoing maintenance of the pool once it is built.

  • The Pool Feasibility Study - Goal: $80K

We are starting to raise restricted funds for the Pool Feasibility Study that needs to happen at the High School location. This is the first step towards building the pool. Our team has been meeting with consultants about this step the last 1-2 months.

  • Pool Capital Gifts - Goal: $10M

Once the school board approves the new pool project in the Spring then we will move forward quickly with our partners for a capital campaign.  Naming Opportunities - TBD

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