The Board of Supervisors Tuesday moved forward with plans to build an aquatics center in the eastern San Gabriel Valley, filling what Supervisor Hilda Solis calls a void in the area.
“L.A. County’s aquatic facilities host recreational swimming, learn-to-swim programs, and community events for thousands of children, teens, and families,” Solis said in a statement. “But for generations, the unincorporated communities of the San Gabriel Valley have been underserved. Our older adults, youth and families in that region deserve a safe space where they can gather to swim in a local pool and benefit from being in the water.”
The board approved a motion by Solis to begin negotiating a lease agreement with the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District to build the facility at Temple Academy in the 600 block of North California Avenue in La Puente. A separate motion calls for the county to begin technical studies on the project, which will include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a smaller practice pool and a building to house offices, classrooms and storage space.
The county has dedicated $20.75 million for the project.
According to Solis’ office, the center will serve communities including Avocado Heights, Bassett, Charter Oak, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, Valinda and West Puente Valley.
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