ALHAMBRA — On March 10, the House of Representatives voted to award $1.5 million to the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, the San Gabriel Valley Aquatic Center, as part of the federal government spending.
The vision for this multi-benefit project not only includes the development of a LEED-certified regional aquatic center, but the surrounding park will also include a pollinator garden, interpretive signage, a natural-themed playground, a walking trail permeable circular, plantations of shade trees, an amphitheater, civic art, directional signage and various approaches to rainwater catchment.
“I was very proud to request and provide $1.5 million on behalf of my district and county for the new San Gabriel Valley Aquatic Center in the West Puente Valley,” said Rep. Graciela Flores. -Napolitano (D-El Monte). “When we invest in our parks and other recreational facilities, we are investing in our future and the overall well-being of our communities. I thank Supervisor Solis for her leadership and advocacy on this important project, and I congratulate the LA County Parks Department on this new federal funding for our area,” she added.
“Many thanks to Congresswoman Napolitano for the recent announcement of $1.5 million in federal allocations for the San Gabriel Valley Aquatic Center. Located in the heart of the unincorporated community of West Puente Valley, the proposed San Gabriel Valley Aquatic Center will serve the most vulnerable residents of unincorporated communities in the San Gabriel Valley who are in dire need of aquatic facilities based on swimming assessment. pools per capita, park needs, and various social and demographic factors,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis of the First District. “The new aquatic center and park space will significantly benefit the underserved population of residents in the unincorporated San Gabriel Valley and meet the recreational needs of the community for generations to come.”
In addition, the aquatic center project will include an Olympic-size swimming pool, a training/recreational pool, an aquatic center building that will house changing rooms, classrooms, offices, a public park and a plaza that will connect the aquatic center at Allen J. Martin Park. The aquatic center will offer learn-to-swim classes, drop-in swimming, in-water fitness classes, swim laps and more.
“We are thrilled to have $1.5 million allocated in the Federal Government Expenditure Bill 2022 thanks to the unwavering support of Congresswoman Napolitano. This award will significantly fill the funding gap for this critical project located in one of our most needy communities, identified by the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment,” said Norma E. García , director of the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. -González.
“The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation has partnered with a community organization and community members to design these projects that will bring important recreation programs to serve our most vulnerable communities.”