Glendale may dive after pool funding

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Most cities have their own pools, but not Glendale. “I pride myself on Glendale being a great city, and this is one of our weak spots,” Najarian said. At its meeting tonight, the City Council will vote whether to ask for the $1.4 million in Proposition 40 money. City officials expect they would get the funds and that construction of a 25-meter pool would begin in 10 months and be completed in 2008. Money could be temporarily taken from other projects to get the pool built, they said. “I want to really get going on this quickly, so I’m committed to finding additional resources for it,” said George Chapjian, director of parks, recreation and community services. GLENDALE – With the city forced to use two high school swimming pools for its aquatics program, Glendale officials hope to dip into $1.4 million in state bond money to build the city’s own pool. “It’s sorely needed in Glendale,” City Councilman Ara Najarian said. “It’s a shame that we closed up the last two pools that we had.” In the late 1980s, the city demolished a leaking pool it operated near Glendale Community College. Another pool was destroyed at the old Pacific Park when it was rebuilt to create the $46 million Edison School-Pacific Park, a combined school, library, community center and park that opened in 2003. To help build the new pool, the city would ask the state for bond money from Proposition 40, approved by voters in 2002. Building it at Edison School-Pacific Park, 501 S. Pacific Ave., would cost $6.5 million. The city now runs aquatics programs at Glendale and Hoover high schools. But the school’s swim teams need to use the pools, too, so the city has trouble getting enough pool time for its programs, officials said. Najarian said he hopes the city can eventually build a major aquatics complex, with a 50-meter pool, diving platforms and a smaller pool for children. That could cost more than $12 million to build, he said. “If we do create the aquatics complex, I think it will be an oasis to the city.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] IF YOU GO: The Glendale City Council will meet at 6 tonight at 613 E. Broadway. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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