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Verdugo pool opening pushed back

Design changes, slow plan approval have been problems, officials say.

April 21, 2012|By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com

The project plans, delivered June 30, 2011, were approved by the county on Oct. 20.

The city met with several stakeholder groups, including the park board and senior groups, as the design developed.

“The design process did take longer than we had hoped — I wished it had gone quicker,” Corrigan said.

During that time, city aquatics programs were held at the high schools and the pool at McCambridge Park.

In July 2011, the redesign was complete and plans were being checked at the county level, Corrigan said.

Construction bids were then solicited and came back in February, but a number of firms had questions about the project, Corrigan said.

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Now the project isn't expected to be completed until spring 2013.

In the meantime, residents continue to wait and make other plans.

Twelve-year resident Karla Alvarez sat on a bench at Verdugo Park recently as her 2-year-old daughter played nearby. She lives a few blocks west of the park and would like her daughter to learn how to swim.

“I'd have to find another place for her to take lessons,” Alvarez said.

Jean Tibayan said her older son used the pool, which is within walking distance of the family's home, but “now we have to drive to McCambridge Park.”

“It affects me in that I have to drive all summer,” she said. “Normally we would be out more, walking, and make a day of it. Now we drive over, swim, drive home.”

The relative lack of information about when the wait will be over hasn't helped, she added.

“I hear rumors, and every year we're hoping.”


DETAILS

The renovated Verdugo Park Pool will include a new 50-meter pool, a second pool with a water slide, new locker rooms or bathhouse and new deck equipment, including lifeguard stands. Other improvements will include:

Parking spaces will be increased from 40 to 67.

Modern lighting to save energy, photo voltaic panels to reduce energy costs, and high-efficiency water fixtures will be used.

An upgraded irrigation system on the south portion of Verdugo Park will use reclaimed water.

The upstairs community center and gym is a separate building from the lower bathhouse or locker room building.

The community center will include meeting rooms, a small office and restrooms that will remain operational while the locker rooms are being renovated.

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