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Castaic could be in for splash

Government: Supervisors may set aside $13M today for aquatic center

Posted: July 19, 2010 10:22 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2010 7:30 a.m.

As summer heat roasts the Santa Clarita Valley, Castaic residents may soon have an aquatic center to help them keep their cool.

During a meeting today, Los Angeles County supervisors are scheduled to set aside $13 million to build an 8,000-square-foot pool building with bathrooms, changing rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and a shallow pool, according to a county report.

The pool project won’t be finished until the end of 2013, according to the report, but it should be a major boon for the swim teams at Stevenson Ranch and Valencia high schools, said Flo Lawrence, member of the Castaic Area Town Council.

Lawrence said the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center is great, but it’s a hassle for Cataic residents to have to drive across the SCV to use it.

“If you want to build a pool in my backyard when it’s 101 degrees, I’ll say ‘thank you’ and take out my sunscreen,” Lawrence said.

At the same meeting, supervisors could also set aside $1.3 million to repair water-damaged roofs, walls, floors and balconies in the William S. Hart museum.

Hart, a western silent movie actor, donated his Newhall mansion and 260-acre ranch to the county of Los Angeles after he died in 1946. His ranch is now William S. Hart Park.


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