Wave Staff Report
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city has received a certificate of occupancy for the Aquatic and Recreation Center at West Hollywood Park.
Public access to the center will be accomplished in a phased approach to protect the safety and welfare of the public and users of the facility. The city’s Recreation Services Division staff has been working on the beginning stages of phasing in public use and programming beginning with swim lessons, tiny tot programming and limited gymnasium use.
The phased opening process provides the necessary integrated training scenarios for staff to become familiar with programs, constituent patterns and access throughout the new facility. During the first phase of the opening, recreation programs, events, contract classes and user groups will slowly begin use of the facility as staff begins to lead programs and work in the facility on a day-to-day basis.
Subsequent phasing for both the park and aquatics will include extended hours and additional programs and activities programmed and led by the City’s Recreation Services staff, contract instructors, or community organizations.
The initial phased opening programs include swim lessons and the junior lifeguard program for the aquatic center. Over the next few weeks, additional aquatic programming will become available for user groups, lap swim, fitness club, recreational swim and Splash Camp.
Programs and activities such as Fundamentals of Sports, Tot Time Camp, Tiny Tots, Summer Camp, and a phased opening to select user groups has also begun at the recreation center.
An official opening ceremony is anticipated to be scheduled for later this summer.
The city looks forward to being able to open the children’s playground at West Hollywood Park, but it remains closed at this time. The city has started completion work under guidance of the playground manufacturer and its installation contractor after deficiencies in installation were identified following a state-mandated playground safety audit and site inspections.
The city is working to open the playground for community use as soon as possible, a spokesperson said. In the interim, the city operates playgrounds at Kings Road Park, 1000 N. Kings Road; and Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
A large portion West Hollywood Park is open, including the adult fitness equipment, expanded turf areas, Robertson Gardens, public restrooms adjacent to the small dog park and picnic zones, which are available by reservations.
For more information, contact Erin Hamant, senior administrative analyst, at (323) 848-6859.