When it came time to cool off on a hot summer day, a few generations of East Los Angeles kids have taken a dive into the Belvedere Park Pool. While the county-owned pool, which was also known as the Belvedere Park Plunge, is big and filled with memories of summer fun, its condition has “deteriorated” over the decades without any major renovation and needs to be replaced, say officials. On Tuesday, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina announced that enough money – $14 million – and been secured to replace the existing Belvedere Park Pool with the first Olympic-sized pool in unincorporated East Los Angeles.
The plan is to build an outdoor, 12,743-square foot Olympic-sized pool, a 5,092 square-foot shallow recreation pool and adjacent “Splash Pad.” The low-slung, concrete-block pool building constructed in 1950 will be demolished to make way for a new and larger Spanish-Colonial style structure.
Said Molina in a statement:
“We’re proud to be opening the first officially Olympic-size pool in the heart of unincorporated East Los Angeles. Now Eastside kids who dream of Olympic gold won’t have to travel to another side of town to finish the long hours of training required to be competitive.”
But with construction of the new pool scheduled to begin next May, any aspiring Olympic swimmers seeking to practice and cool down next summer will have to go someplace else besides Belevedere Park. The new pool is not expected to be completed until June 2014, according to county documents.
- $3.5 million secured for Belvedere Park Pool project. EGP News