Jan 13, 2016
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It will likely take three more weeks to reopen the Richmond Plunge after a failed valve flooded parts of the Point Richmond aquatics center during the holidays, City Manager Bill Lindsay said Tuesday.

Initial reports stated the repairs would take at least a week, but Lindsay reported during City Council on Tuesday that damages from the flooding incident were significant.

“The valve in essence failed and leaked a lot of water,” he told council.

When we reported on this Jan. 4, an aquatics official told us water damaged areas including the lady’s locker room and the center’s offices.

While the Plunge is closed, most scheduled programs have been moved to the newly renovated Richmond Swim Center at 4300 Cutting Blvd.

“We will keep the website up to date to let those aquatics enthusiast know what the status is,” Lindsay said.


  1. The Richmond Plunge is a beautiful building and historic. Unfortunately, because of its age, in recent years, it has had serious maintenance problems.
    Richmond has major budget issues which makes costly maintenance issues problematic. If the Plunge can’t be self supporting the City needs to pull the plug. We need street repairs more than a swimming pool regardless of its historic value.

    Charles Smith | Jan 13th, 2016

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