Residents are invited to join Ward 1 Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian and Las Vegas City Manager Betsy Fretwell at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, for the groundbreaking of a new pool to be built at 300 S. Torrey Pines Drive, adjacent to Garside Junior High School at Elton Avenue. The new pool will be located between the school’s tennis and basketball courts and Torrey Pines Drive, replacing the original Garside Pool that was built in 1971.
“I have looked forward to beginning construction on this new pool for Ward 1 residents for such a long time,” said Councilwoman Tarkanian, “and now the time has finally arrived. By next summer, there should be a wonderful new pool for families to enjoy, at last.”
The new aquatic facility will feature a zero-depth play area with play structures and slide; a heated, four-lane lap pool with a one-meter diving board; two 19-foot-high water slides; locker rooms, showers, landscaping, an entry plaza and a shark bike rack. The entry plaza will include a splash pad water feature. The eroded fossil-themed facility will include an ichthyosaur fossil mosaic made from recycled glass in the pool floor.
The new facility will be located on 1.4 acres that formerly was Clark County School District property, recently exchanged in a land swap with the district for basketball courts at Craigin Park, adjacent to Hyde Park Middle School. The new pool will accommodate 600 people.
The pool project has an $8.1 million budget, funded by previous park bonds and the city of Las Vegas general fund. Core Construction Services of Nevada, Inc. will build the facility, which was designed by John Haddad of LGA Architects. City of Las Vegas Public Works staff will manage the project. Completion of the pool is expected in June 2014. See the design site plan and architect's rendering.
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