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Castaic pool complex shaping up

Three pools due to open in June

Posted: January 4, 2013 5:46 p.m.
Updated: January 4, 2013 5:46 p.m.

A construction crew continues work Friday on the Castaic Regional Sports Complex Aquatic Center project. The three-pool complex is due to open in June. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre

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Construction for the new aquatics center at the Castaic Regional Sports Complex continues on schedule for its grand opening in June as the wave-shaped pool building nears completion.

“Everything has been running smoothly with construction,” Heather Larson, spokeswoman for the county of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation, said Friday. “We’re pushing to open before summer.”

The aquatics center will include three swimming spots: an Olympic-sized pool; a 25-meter recreational pool; and a third “splash pad” pool with water toys, in-ground water guns, fountains and a shallow lap pool.

An 8,000-square-foot pool building with locker rooms, rest rooms, storage facilities and offices will accompany the pools.

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.

Job recruiting for lifeguards and other staff will begin in February, and new employees will complete swim tests and training in spring, said Regional Recreation Director Gary Dickerson.

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

Pasadena artist Bob Zoell was commissioned to create a series of 21 glass panels as a component of the front entryway of the center, said Rebecca Ansert, civic arts project manager for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, which 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 told The Signal in July 2012.

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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