Here’s a look at the new recreation center in West Hollywood

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West Hollywood Recreation Center – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

WEHO TIMES got a sneak peek at the West Hollywood Recreation Center last night, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, during a dodgeball game. The West Hollywood Dodgeball League was invited by the City of West Hollywood to test out the new grounds at the center’s new gymnasium. The league is the first to gain access as part of a phased opening process this summer.

Ten teams of 16 players competed in a round robin of single eliminations. All players entered at the same time during a special evening to introduce everyone to the new space. Registered players were treated to a preview of their new dodgeball fields.

West Hollywood Recreation Center – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
West Hollywood Recreation Center – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

The West Hollywood Dodgeball league offers three no-sting leagues to choose from, an advanced league, a recreational league, and beginners. Games will be held Tuesday nights and Thursday nights at the West Hollywood Recreation Center, with games scheduled for 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. according to their website (https://www.wehododgeball.com).

“We love the new recreation center in West Hollywood,” said one player. “It’s so much better than where we were before, which was this old auditorium built in the 1950s or 1960s. We actually have our own dodgeball field.

West Hollywood Recreation Center – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
West Hollywood Recreation Center – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

The West Hollywood Aquatics Team (WH2O) was invited by the City of West Hollywood to test drive the new West Hollywood Pool the previous night Monday evening.

Photos taken by WEHO TIMES contributor Mike Pingel in November 2021 show the West Hollywood Recreating Center during the day.

West Hollywood Recreation Center – Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES

The latest update from the city indicates that 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 on a phased approach to protect the safety and well-being of the public and users of the facility. In anticipation of receiving the CofO, staff from the City’s Recreation Services Division worked on the first stages of phasing in public use and programming beginning with swimming lessons, toddler programs and limited use of the gymnasium. The Division has been working with the various groups and stakeholders on timelines and accessibility and is working to expand and use ARC over the coming weeks and months.

The phased opening process provides the built-in training scenarios necessary for personnel to become familiar with the programs, constituent models, and access to the entire new facility. During the first phase of the ARC opening, recreation programs, events, contract classes and user groups will slowly begin to use the ARC as staff begin to run the programs and work in the establishment on a daily basis. Later stages for the park and aquatic facilities will include extended hours and additional programs and activities scheduled and conducted by City Recreation Services staff, contracted instructors or community agencies.

The first progressive opening programs are:

Aquatic Center – Swimming lessons, the junior lifeguard program and a gradual opening to limited user groups will begin. Over the next few weeks, additional aquatic programs will be available for User Groups, Lap Swimming, Fitness Club, Recreational Swimming and Splash Camp.

Recreation Center – Programs and activities such as Fundamentals of Sports, Tot Time Camp, Tiny Tots, Summer Camp and a gradual opening to certain user groups have also begun.

An official opening ceremony is expected to take place later this summer, with details to come at www.weho.org/calendar. Given the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases, additional space opening and availability may be affected by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 protocols.

The West Hollywood Park Children’s Playground remains closed at this time. The city has begun completion work under the direction of the playground manufacturer and its installation contractor after deficiencies in the installation were identified following a commissioned playground safety audit by the State and site inspections. In the meantime, the City operates two (2) playgrounds at other locations: Kings Road Park (1000 N. Kings Road) and Plummer Park (7377 Santa Monica Boulevard). Plummer Park Playground is the largest city-operated playground in West Hollywood.

Much of the West Hollywood Park site is open, including:

  • Adult fitness equipment: Open to the public.
  • El Tovar Square: Open to the public. El Tovar Place provides east-west access through West Hollywood Park between N. San Vicente Boulevard and N. Robertson Boulevard, including access to parking structures.
  • Extensive grass areas: open to the public. Access is possible from N. San Vicente Boulevard, N. Robertson Boulevard, El Tovar Place, and from the third level of West Hollywood Park’s 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 grass area for passive recreational activities.
  • West Hollywood Library Parking Lot: Open to the public. Hours of operation match West Hollywood Library hours.
  • West Hollywood Park restrooms adjacent to the city’s small dog park: open to the public.
  • West Hollywood Park picnic areas: available by reservation.

For park updates, subscribe to the City’s West Hollywood Park Master Plan Phase II email notification list to receive updates. For more information on recreation programming, please visit www.weho.org/recreation.

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