Many native San Diegans remember learning to swim at the Historic Bud Kearns Memorial Pool. As an iconic destination in Balboa Park’s Morley Field area since 1932 – it provides community and health benefits as well as social interaction. The 90-year-old blue lady was in desperate need of infrastructure upgrades to meet current health department regulations. The existing pool system was outdated and took water from the gutters directly to the sewer system. Renovation upgrades now circulate the water, which will be a big cost savings for the city and better for our drought-starved region.
The architect guided this beautiful renovation through project planning and construction, adhering carefully to Interior Standards for the Preservation of Historic Properties. The historic structure retains its characteristic charm while significantly reducing water use.
Bud Kearns Memorial pool was awarded APWA Project of the Year, 2022
2229 Morley Field Dr, San Diego, CA 92104
City of San Diego
Michelle Garcia-Quilico, Project Manager/MGarciaQuili@sandiego.gov
Project Architect: Sandra Gramley, AIA, NCARB, LEEDap BD+C / Designer: Julijana Petrovic