Rowland High School is looking for your input. It wants to build a new $2.5 million swimming pool. Rowland Unified will present the plans for the aquatic center on Monday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the old high school pool.
The school board previewed the project at a recent meeting. Families will find a design for a striking center to replace the old pool that had to be closed for health and safety reasons.
"Last May, we discovered the pool was leaking 6,000 gallons of water a day," explained Vice Principal Bob Withers. "There was also seepage that lowered the water quality."
The district decided to close the aging pool immediately. It later learned the leakage had undermined the decking around the pool.
He noted the pool opened in 1964 and served nearly 100,000 swimmers every year.
"The high school pool was the only public pool in Rowland Heights. In the summer, it was being used from 6 in the morning to 10 at night," the administrator said.
The popular facility was not used only by the high school students. Families would bring their children for swim lessons offered by Rowland Adult and Community Education.
That all stopped with the pool closure in May. Programs were shifted to nearby Nogales High School.
"Now we have to bus our swim and water polo teams to practice at Nogales High. They have been great about scheduling times for our teams," Withers
Recognizing the importance of the pool to the community, the school board is moving quickly to replace it.
"The plans were presented to the school board and now we want the community to see what the pool will look like," the vice principal said.
Residents will learn about a beautiful new pool that will be a huge improvement over the old one. The construction will be paid with the $118 million raised through Measure R bonds in June of 2006.
"The plans would expand the pool from 10 lanes to 12. We'll be able to have two teams practicing at one time," he said.
The pool will have new locker rooms and changing facilities. The old pool didn't have changing rooms.
There will also be a covered spectator stand and a small concession stand. One of the nicest features is the entrance plaza to the pool. A circular motif surrounds inviting palm trees with concrete seating areas.
"The plaza will give us a nice landscaped area between the pool and the gym," Withers pointed out.
The pool will be energy efficient using the latest technology for its pumps and filters. The new pool should be much more economical to heat.
Perhaps, the most excited students are the 100 on the boys and girls water polo teams, as well as the 75 athletes on the swim teams.
"To have an aquatic facility of this nature, in our opinion, will give Rowland High School the leading aquatic facility in the San Gabriel Valley," said Mike Cody, head coach of the swimming teams, as well as the girls' water polo squad.
"Rowland High school has had a rich tradition in swimming and water polo. A facility like this will enhance our programs and continue that tradition," the coach continued.
After the community input is added, the district will forward the plans to the state architects. With their approval, the district hopes to begin construction in August or September.
"We hope the new pool can open in September of 2013," Withers concluded.
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