“I can’t believe how big and blue it is,” Blevins said, adding that she’s eager to take her nieces and nephews swimming. “It doesn’t look like a public pool — it looks like private-owned Raging Waters-type thing.”
That’s what makes the facility — renovated to the tune of $7.3 million — unique, said city spokesman Drew Sugars.
“It’s a mini waterslide park,” he said.
The aquatic center also features new locker rooms, bathrooms and first aid and lifeguard offices.
But the renovation hasn’t come without its share of setbacks.
Closed down roughly five years ago, the pool was originally projected to reopen in the fall of 2011. Then it was pushed to the following summer. And again to the following Memorial Day weekend.
Last month, officials reported that the concrete pool deck was nearly halfway done, the water slides were built and piping for the water irrigation system was almost finished. It was on track to open late May.
But the opening has been put off yet again, pending inspections from state and L.A. County health and safety agencies.
City officials haven’t set a new opening date in stone, but the goal is early June.
“We will open as soon as possible,” said Marisa Garcia, assistant director of park, recreation and community services. “I know the community is anxious to get this open.”
Those looking to escape the heat this holiday weekend will instead have to head to McCambridge Pool, which is set to open to the public Saturday.
Until then, the public will just have to watch and wait for Verdugo.
“I can’t wait to go on that diving board,” said Toluca Lake resident William Letang, 26, who visits the gym at the facility twice a week to play basketball. “That pool — it’s gorgeous.”
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