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Mission Beach Plunge pool reopening after years of vacancy

Posted at 5:15 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 20:45:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Just in time for the Fourth of July, the Mission Beach Plunge pool is reopening to the public.

The iconic pool was one of the original attractions when the amusement park opened in 1925. However, it had run into hard times in recent years and has been closed for much of the last decade. One management company went bankrupt. The next came up with a renovation plan, only to discover dangerous, corroding conditions inside, leading to the pool's closure in 2014.

Thanks to a partnership between the City of San Diego, Fit Athletic, and Pacifica Enterprises, the renovated pool is almost unrecognizable.

"This is absolutely special, incredible," said Dr. McQuary, a longtime San Diego resident who is active in the community.

"What I remember about the Plunge was the issues and concerns about how we can swim and still be safe. When things would fall from the sky, it wasn't rain; it was the plaster from the ceiling!"

The Plunge at Fit features floor to wall glass ceilings and a retractable roof.

It also incorporates some of the building's original features, replicating the tiling and original archways.

Part of the new Fit Athletic Mission Beach gym, the facility also offers beach views throughout.

"It's been part of the San Diego landscape and part of the lifestyle for all those years," said Terry Curren, who moved to Mission Beach in 1937.

The Plunge will officially open to the public on July 4; day passes start at $15 a day, and there are also membership options available.