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New Aquatic Center Coming Soon

Post Date:04/27/2010
A magnificent addition to Civic Center Park, Palm Desert’s new Aquatic Center should make a big splash with competitive and recreational swimmers when it debuts next year.

The City Council recently approved the nearly eight-acre project, which will feature two pools, diving boards, slides, play features, shade structures, and a main building containing multiple changing rooms, offices, and a concession stand.

A lighted, 50-meter by 25-yard competition pool equipped with three-meter and one-meter diving boards will be complimented by a family friendly 8,800-square-foot recreation pool featuring waterslides, play equipment, and a wade-in entry.

The center’s 7,000-square-foot desert contemporary-styled main building will house separate men’s, women’s, and family changing rooms, along with office space, a refreshment area, and a community multipurpose room. In keeping with Palm Desert’s commitment to the environment, the structure will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications to ensure that it is sustainable and energy efficient.

The complex will be located on the northeast corner of Civic Center Park with access from Magnesia Falls Drive. The Center’s parking lot will be integrated into the City’s existing date grove. Architects have proposed an attractive water feature at the building’s entrance where workers could drain the pools and after residual chlorine had evaporated, use the water to irrigate the surrounding date palms.

Construction is projected to cost just over $11.1 million with College of the Desert contributing $1 million and the Palm Desert Redevelopment Agency responsible for the remaining balance. In keeping with its mission as a “Contract City,” Palm Desert will be requesting proposals from qualified contractors for the Aquatic Center’s operation and maintenance. The selected operator will be responsible for recovering 60 percent of the facility’s annual operating costs. This approach will negate the need for municipal staff to operate the Aquatic Center and ensure that the City recovers a significant portion of its operating costs, thereby protecting Palm Desert’s General Fund.

The Aquatic Center is expected to open in summer 2011. For more information, please call 760-346-0611.
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