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Olympic-sized pool for Castaic in planning stages

Posted: June 17, 2014 5:39 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2014 5:39 p.m.

Lexie Smith, 7, of Frazier Park splashes during recreation swim time at the Castaic Aquatic Center on Tuesday. Recreation swim for all ages runs from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the center. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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The Castaic Aquatic Center has been open only a year, but already county parks officials and Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich are talking about Phase 2: an Olympic-sized pool for the Santa Clarita Valley swimming center.

The project would include a 50-meter-by-25-meter swimming pool — appropriate for training for Olympic swimming competition — along with “relevant mechanical equipment” and expansion of rest rooms and locker rooms at the current aquatic center, said Kaye Michelson, special assistant to the county Department of Parks and Recreation.

Additional parking and security lighting would also be included, Michelson said Tuesday.

Initial estimated cost of the complex upgrade is $7.6 million, Michelson said, but no final budget is yet worked out and no construction date has been set.

The project is expected to go to the Board of Supervisors for consideration in the fall.

But that hasn’t stopped Antonovich from talking up the prospect of an Olympic-sized pool in Castaic. It was among the points he made during his State of the County address May 29 in Santa Clarita.

“From our perspective, we are so grateful to Supervisor Antonovich for his ongoing support of recreation programs and his commitment to bringing this new pool to the community,” Michelson said.

The current Castaic Aquatic Center, located at the Castaic Sports Complex on North Castaic Road, includes a competition-sized, 6,425-square-foot pool; a splash pad integrated with a 4,435-square-foot recreation pool; and a 12,500-square-foot pool building.

The $13 million aquatic center was a collaboration between Antonovich’s office, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Public Works and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. It opened May 31, 2013.




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