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Construction to make a splash in Castaic

Three outdoor pools under construction at complex

Posted: July 22, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: July 22, 2012 1:30 a.m.

Workers build a block wall near piles of rebar at the site of the Regional Sports Complex Pool Project in Castaic on Friday.

 

Three outdoor pools for the Castaic Regional Sports Complex are under construction and expected to open to swimmers in June 2013.

The Castaic aquatics center will include an Olympic-sized pool and a 25-meter recreational pool. A third “splash pad” pool will feature water toys, in-ground water guns, fountains and a shallow lap pool.

The new complex will include an 8,000-square-foot pool building with locker rooms, restrooms, storage facilities and offices.

The L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation expects to offer recreational swimming, swim lessons and swim teams, as well as aqua aerobics and water polo, said Kaye Michelson, special assistant at the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich initiated the project and allocated design and construction funding for the $13 million project, said Tony Bell, spokesman for Antonovich.

“We are proud to have worked with the (Castaic Area) Town Council and community to provide this vital recreational resource for the Santa Clarita Valley because parks, trails and libraries are some of the important quality-of-life benefits for the residents of Los Angeles County,” Bell said.

The front entrance of the building will feature a 21-panel glass art piece by Pasadena artist Bob Zoell, said Rebecca Ansert, civic arts project manager for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, who commissioned the project.

“The artist chose the overall pattern of bubbles in a bright blue color to complement the contemporary architectural environment. It’s drawn to achieve an illusion of depth by the use of different sizes and transparencies,” Ansert said. Contractor Perera Construction & Design Inc. previously built the Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar and the Town Center Community Park Aquatic Center and YMCA in Santee, near San Diego.

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