WeHo park and pool on verge of opening

The City of West Hollywood has received a Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) for the Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC) at West Hollywood Park. Public access to the ARC will be accomplished in a phased approach to protect the safety and welfare of the public and users of the facility. In anticipation of receiving the CofO, 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 Division has been working with the various groups and stakeholders on timelines and accessibility and is working towards the expansion and use of the ARC over the next several weeks and months ahead.

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 ARC opening, recreation programs, events, contract classes, and user groups will slowly begin use of the ARC as staff begin 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 are:

Aquatic Center – Swim Lessons, Junior Lifeguard Program, and a phased opening to limited user groups will begin. Over the next few weeks, additional aquatic programming will become available for user groups, lap swim, fitness club, recreational swim, and Splash Camp.  

Recreation Center – 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.

An official opening ceremony is anticipated to be scheduled for later this summer, with details forthcoming at www.weho.org/calendar. Given the recent rise in positive COVID-19 cases, further opening and availability of space may be impacted by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 protocols.

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 commenced 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 knows this is especially frustrating and is working to open the playground for community use as soon as possible. In the interim, the City operates two (2) playgrounds at other locations: Kings Road Park (1000 N. Kings Road) and Plummer Park (7377 Santa Monica Boulevard). The playground at Plummer Park is the largest playground operated by the City of West Hollywood.

A large portion of the park-site at West Hollywood Park is open, including:

·       Adult Fitness Equipment: Open to the public.

·       El Tovar Place: Open to the public. El Tovar Place provides east to west access through West Hollywood Park between N. San Vicente Boulevard and N. Robertson Boulevard including access to the parking structures.

·       Expanded Turf Areas: Open to the public. There is access from N. San Vicente Boulevard, N. Robertson Boulevard, El Tovar Place, and from the third level of the West Hollywood Park Five-Story Parking Structure located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

·       New Public Art: Open to the public. Parallel Perpendicular by artist Phillip K. Smith III is located in the Robertson Gardens area.

·       Robertson Gardens: Open to the public. There are picnic tables and an expanded turf area for passive recreation activities.

·       West Hollywood Library Parking Structure: Open to the public. Open hours align with the West Hollywood Library’s operating hours.

·       West Hollywood Park restrooms adjacent to the City’s Small Dog Park: Open to the public.

·       West Hollywood Park Picnic Zones: Available by reservation.

For park updates, subscribe to the City’s West Hollywood Park Master Plan Phase II e-notifications list to receive updates. For information about Recreation programming, please visit www.weho.org/recreation.

For more information, please contact Erin Hamant, City of West Hollywood Senior Administrative Analyst, at ehamant@weho.org or (323) 848-6859. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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David
David
17 hours ago

I’m so glad they can write a good piece about how safe they have been on opening it all. There is nothing safer than a facility that never opens.

Shark Attack
Shark Attack
2 hours ago
Reply to  David

That qualifies as the best remark about the pool complex!

Shark Attack Beware! Human flesh devouring bureaucrats and politicians lurking in the hedgerow.

Steve Too
Steve Too
17 hours ago

This is just the press release from the city about the opening. Larry – we expect this site to provide a forum to communicate the frustration amongst citizens of the delays and extreme cost overruns that plagued this project from the beginning.

Larry Block
Admin
16 hours ago
Reply to  Steve Too

Your welcome to write an op-ed. While I mooitor the comments have not read the article.

The Money Pit Exposee
The Money Pit Exposee
1 hour ago
Reply to  Steve Too

Perhaps the person to do an in-depth study about this fiasco might be John Heilman. After all he and Abbe Land were early proponents of whatever expensive evolution this became and hoped his name would memorialize it. The John Heilman/Abbe Land Money Pit.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
19 hours ago

I would never question the courage…..of anyone who would swim in that water.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
16 hours ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

You’re an absolute fool. You have to sign up to lap swim and pay money to use the pool. The pool is heavily chlorinated. There are no homeless people in the pool. It’s a beautiful pool with stunning views of the LA skyline.

Get a life and go live somewhere else. All you do is spread your miserable negative attitude in the comments section.

08mellie
08mellie
15 hours ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

WHY SHOULD RESIDENTS PAY? TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THE CITY HAS SUCKED OUT OF CA TAXPAYERS AND WE HAVE TO PAY????? YOU ARE THE ABSOLUTE FOOL.

Good Grief.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
12 hours ago
Reply to  08mellie

Every city LA pool that i’ve ever been to requires you to pay. Culver City, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks etc. West Hollywood is on the low end at $3 I believe.

If you didn’t have to pay to get inside the pool area, you nut-jobs would be complaining about the pool being too crowded or attracting homeless people or whatever. There is no winning with you people. Thank GOD you’re in the minority.

Is your caps lock key stuck?

Joshua88
Joshua88
10 minutes ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Good response, Geg.

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