Popular public pool shut down by vandalism

Posted at 7:26 PM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-12 22:26:12-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A vandal has taken a popular public pool in University City out of commission.

On a hot day, Pat and Lee Ann Walker were hoping to cool off at the Standley Park pool. Instead a "Pool Closed" sign greeted them at the door.

"We're disappointed, because we were just getting started with our exercise routine again. The weather's perfect, and we were hoping to be in the water," said Lee Ann Walker.

On Wednesday morning. pool staff were greeted by glass everywhere:  across the deck, and in the shallow and deep ends of the pool.

A city spokesperson says bottles were tossed over a fence during the night and shattered.  The pool has to be drained, cleaned, refilled and reheated.  That will take time.
John Miller and his kids had to turn around and head back home.

"A big bummer ... on a hot day like today, a real disappointment.  We have swim lessons coming up. and we're nervous they will be canceled," said Miller.

A neighbor tells 10news a pool manager was informing people about another incident about two weeks ago, when a bulletin board outside the pool was set on fire.

"I hope they come to justice, because this is ridiculous.  It just stops good people from going to the pool," said Miller.

Pool staff told people it should be open by Monday.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000.