The historic Plunge pool at Belmont Park officially re-opened to the public Thursday after being closed for five years.

The reconstructed, state-of-the-art pool, which originally opened in 1925 and was closed in 2014 due to safety issues and a lack of proper maintenance, features floor-to-roof glass windows and a retractable-roof system promoting natural air circulation. The new ventilation system prevents some of the deterioration issues that previously plagued the old building due to moisture and saltwater.

The iconic Plunge at 3115 Ocean Front off the boardwalk in Mission Beach, was formally dedicated Wednesday in a ceremony emceed by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. More than a dozen local kids splashed into the new pool to commemorate its re-opening.

“This is an iconic gathering place and has always been the centerpiece of Belmont Park since 1925,” Faulconer said. “Today, we mark the beginning of its new future.”

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