West Hollywood is working on the upcoming opening of an aquatic and recreation center

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West Hollywood Aquatic and Recreation Center – WEHO TIMES

The City of West Hollywood is working towards opening the West Hollywood Park Aquatics and Recreation Center (ARC) in the coming weeks. 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.

Despite the building’s finished appearance, the final elements are nearing completion, and City staff have just begun occupying the West Hollywood Park Recreation Center under a temporary occupancy permit. Currently, staff are training and certifying fire-life safety systems for pools and building equipment, and staff are beginning to move into offices and test and become familiar with site operations.

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The City expects to receive approval soon to allow limited public access and will begin a phased roll-out approach in June 2022. All maintenance, operations and recreation staff, including lifeguards, must be fully trained site operations and swimming pools before public access.

The children’s playground remains closed at West Hollywood Park. Deficiencies in the facility were identified after a state-mandated playground safety audit and site inspections were conducted. The City has begun repair work under the direction of the playground manufacturer and its installation contractor. The City anticipates that this work will last a few weeks. Playground repairs are expedited to the best of the City’s ability. The City is aware that this is particularly frustrating and is working to open the playground to community use as soon as possible. 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.

The city recently reopened much of the park site in West Hollywood Park. This area was previously closed for the completion of the West Hollywood Park Phase II Master Plan Implementation Project, which includes construction of the Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC) building and grounds.

West Hollywood Park open spaces currently include:

  • 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.

For park updates, subscribe to the City’s West Hollywood Park Master Plan Phase II email notification list to receive updates.

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