The brand new city pool and recreation center had been empty, months behind schedule, even through all the record-breaking heat of early summer 2017.
Through all the set backs, the Woodland Hills Recreation Center swimming pool was scheduled to open with a cannonball splash on Saturday just in time for another hot assault.
“With record high temperatures in the West Valley, I wanted to make sure that the pool was open as soon as possible so residents can take advantage of this exciting new addition to our community,” said Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who represents Woodland Hills, in a statement.
“I wish we could open the rest of this great facility now, but due to some frustrating construction delays, we have to wait a little bit longer,” Blumenfield said.
The older 2,400 square-foot Woodland Hills Rec Center and its cracked and worn-out swimming pool were sschedule and approved to have been replaced at 5858 Shoup Ave. last year.
But then construction delays put off the $14-million recreation and aquatic center opening as a handful of swimming pools across Los Angeles opened June 10.
At noon Saturday, Blumenfield and city parks and engineering officials were booked to celebrate the first splash into its 6,800 square-foot pool. By tradition, a city official will be tossed into the 90-by-75-foot drink. Additionally, a 2,500 square-foot bathhouse will also open to change clothes.
Furthermore, a 12,300 square-foot recreation center is supposed to open later this summer, Blumenfield said.
The new center, which is also made up of a brand new gym and multipurpose rooms, will be ultra green with a LEED Gold certification. That means solar tubes to bring natural light into the gym. And 3,000 square-feet of solar panels on the roof, providing more than a third of the facility’s power.
Outside, residents of Woodland Hills should be able to enjoy landscaped courtyards, an amphitheater and outdoor classroom, plus picnic areas and a 5,000 square-foot playground for the kids.
The new Woodland Hills Recreation Center, originally estimated to cost $11 million, was financed through $10.9 million in Quimby funds paid by developers, and $3 million from a Proposition K park bond.
The new Woodland Hills Recreation Center was designed by BOE Architectural Division and Gruen Associates and built by Royal Construction Corps. City officials did not explain the reason for construction delays.
Blumenfield said he would make sure the swimming pool stayed open beyond its normal fall closing date to make up for time lost because of delays.