Stockton city officials are planning a ceremony in Victory Park on Thursday, March 31, to accept more than $5 million for the replacement and renovation of two community pools.

State Sen. Susan Eggman will present a $5.4 million check to city officials at 3:30 p.m. in front of the former Victory Park Pool, located on the south side of the park on Picardy Lane near the fire station.

The Victory Park swimming pool is seen in an undated image. The pool has been closed for years because of needed renovations that will now occur with the help of a state grant. (Photo courtesy of Friends of Victory Park Pool/Facebook)

The city said in a statement that the Victory Park pool will be slightly larger and deeper, and the pool at McKinley Park will undergo a renovation that will feature a new pool house.

“Since my days on the Stockton City Council I have been fighting to restore access to our community pools,” Eggman said in a statement. “Revitalizing these much-needed resources for our neighborhoods creates better outdoor recreation opportunities for our youth, which in turn leads to better mental well-being for our youth.”

The funds are coming from the California State Parks Local Assistance Specified Grants, according to the city.

In the statement, the city said it is in the process of awarding a contract for the pool work. “Both the Victory Park and McKinley Park pools have been shuttered for years, due to needed repairs,” City Manager Harry Black said in a statement. “Pools are desperately needed in Stockton for recreation, cooling off, and learning to swim.”