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Activists can't save beloved pool in Pacific Palisades

January 21, 2009 |  7:21 pm

Some residents in Pacific Palisades fought to keep the beloved Temescal Canyon pool open. But their efforts failed, and now the pool has been filled in. There's still a lot of debate in the neighborhood about this and what happens next. The Palisadian-Post has the story:

'I could weep,' cried out Pacific Palisades resident Michelle O'Neill as she watched workers dump gravel into the Temescal Canyon Pool last Thursday. O'Neill received a phone call that morning that the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy had begun filling in the 50-year-old pool, and she was among a handful of citizens who rushed to the site. 'This is such a loss,' fellow resident Ilene Cassidy said. 'This pool was so special; there has never been anything like it.' At a December 2 meeting, the Conservancy board voted to develop a master plan for Temescal Gateway Park before possibly offering a new pool lease. In the meantime, the Conservancy decided to temporarily fill in the empty pool, declaring liability concerns.