Chris Kjeldsen Pool
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3601 Pacific Ave Stockton, CA 95211
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About Chris Kjeldsen Pool
Originally constructed in 1973, Chris Kjeldsen Pool has served the University of the Pacific and Stockton communities well for nearly 40 years. The current campaign to add new light standards and lights in 2012 will enable the University of the Pacific to conduct evening practices and competitions for what is already one of the busiest facilities in the City of Stockton.
Located on the east side of the Chris Kjeldsen Pool, the Pacific Aquatics Center contains 4,000 square feet of space, including coach and lifeguard offices, team locker rooms and showers, and ample storage space to protect swimming pool equipment from the effects of the weather. Completed in 1997 at a cost of app. $400,000, the Pacific Aquatics Center also provides a safer entry to the pool for physically challenged swimmers and allows control of access for optimum supervision of the pool area.
In 2007, the pool and pool deck underwent a $1.2 million dollar renovation, including a new scoreboard, updated mechanical equipment, and a rim flow gutter system. Additionally, the pool was resurfaced with new siding to make it one of the fastest pools in the west.
Chris Kjeldsen Pool was named in honor of Chris Kjeldsen, who died in 1962 at the age of 50 while serving as the head swimming coach for the Tigers. When the new swimming pool at Pacific was completed in 1973, it was named in his honor as Pacific chose to recognize one of their most distinguished athletes and coaches of all-time. Kjeldsen was Pacific’s first All-American football player as he played under legendary coach Amos Alonzo Stagg in 1933 and 1934. He went on to work at Pacific for 28 years, coaching football, basketball, tennis, baseball and swimming. In 1982, he was inducted as a charter member into the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame.