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$3.5 Million Secured For Belvedere Park Pool Project

A project to build the first Olympic-sized public pool in unincorporated East Los Angeles got a $3.5 million boost this week though funds made available by County Supervisor Gloria Molina’s office, bringing the total amount set aside for the project to $14 million.

“Now Eastside kids who dream of Olympic gold won’t have to travel to another side of town to finish the long hours of training required to be competitive,” said Molina.

Surplus county funds are divvied out every year to each county supervisorial district, and Molina has chosen to allocate $3.5 million toward major renovations and upgrades at the Belvedere Park Pool.

What the future Belvedere Park pool might look like. Construction is set to begin Spring 2013 and be completed the following summer. (L.A. County Dept. of Public Works)

The park’s existing 5,377 square foot indoor pool will be torn down and replaced with not only a 12,743 square foot outdoor pool, but also a shallow recreation pool for seniors and a ‘splash pad,’ an interactive water play area for children.

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There will also be improvements to landscaping, walkways, fencing, parking and underground facilities. The facility will be getting new changing rooms, restrooms, staff offices, storage and utility rooms, and mechanical room.

Construction is set to begin Spring 2013 and should be completed by the following summer.

The rest of the funds for the now $14 million project come from Prop. 62, utility user tax, the vehicle license, general fund and additional carry-over funds from the previous year.