Splash Bash at Coggan Pool set for Oct. 16

By Phil Dailey

phildailey@lajollalight.com

The Coggan Family Aquatic Complex will celebrate nine years of opperation on Oct. 16 with their 10th annual Splash Bash, an event that helps keep the pool afloat and offset costs.

The pool, which was opened Oct. 1 2002, relies heavily on the annual event to keep the pool up and running, according to Randy Franke, who is the aquatic director there.

"This is a private pool run for the benefit of the high school and the La Jolla community," Franke said. "It's a unique situation where you have a 50-meter private swimming pool that's on school district property."

Franke said as many as 1,000 people use the pool on a daily basis.

The fundraising event begins at noon and will include food, live music, a swim-a-thon and giveaways.

"As far as a fundraiser, this is it for us and it's a great day for the community," Franke added. "For five bucks, it the best deal in town."

With the recent closure of the Mission Beach Plunge, the La Jolla pool is getting some more traffic in its pool.

"We have definitely got more users," Franke said. "The people who love to swim, they're going to find a place to swim. Usually that is dictated by how convenient that is."

Larry Sanders, a San Diego city lifeguard who lives in University City, said the Coggan Pool becomes an even more important part of the community.

"Without the Plunge being available, that pool is even more important for us," Sanders said. "I know as a lifeguard we get a membership there so we can workout and stay fit for our job. It's a great pool."

Last year, the pool had to spend more than $20,000 on repairs, which included replacing drain covers per a new California state law.

"I think it's important to note that pool doesn't just run by itself," Sanders said. "There is a little profit that needs to be made and I think Splash Bash can bring people to the pool and bring in extra funds to keep that pool up and running.

"It's such a benefit to the community that I don't think people realize what a blessing it is to have pool in their community and by supporting that it provides a lot of different services to a lot of different people."

If you go

What: 10th annual Splash Bash

When: noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 17

Where: Coggan Family Aquatic Center, located at Nautilus and Fay

Tickets: $5 for adults and children

Contact: 858.456.0945 or www.cfaquatics.org

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