West Hollywood celebrates the completion of the Aquatic and Recreation Center

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Aquatics and Recreation Center Grand Opening Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

West Hollywood City Council, dignitaries, board members, commissioners, the West Hollywood Park Phase 2 Steering Committee, past council members and West Hollywood residents gathered at West Hollywood Park to celebrate the opening of the Aquatic and Recreation Center at West Hollywood Park , on Saturday, August 13, 2022. The city held a ribbon cutting ceremony, hosted an open house and hosted the annual WeHo Rec Expo at the ARC.

Council members took turns welcoming at the ARC Open House.

“This is a very exciting day for us, more than you could ever know,” said West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister. “The City of West Hollywood is thrilled to celebrate the completion of the Aquatic and Recreation Center that we call ARC and to provide the community with an opportunity to visit and see the ARC’s facilities… The ARC is a vibrant new 75,000- square feet of space overlooking the heart of West Hollywood Park. With its lavish design, the ARC was conceived as a venue for a variety of community gatherings, special events, sporting activities and recreational programs. Over the past three months, ARC programming has been phased in, and the city looks forward to expanding programming and facility utilization during the fall season.”

Each council member took turns welcoming at the ARC Open House.

Aquatics and Recreation Center Grand Opening Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Rick D’Amato, Design Director at LPA Designs, the architectural firm behind the ARC project, spoke about his excitement at being part of the event and thanked the community for supporting the project. He shared anecdotes about how they came up with ideas for the park, including a nightmare he had about a really big staircase leading to the grand staircase in front of the ARC.

West Hollywood Aquatics and Recreation Center Grand Opening – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
The City Council also unveiled a dedication plaque topped with a progress flag with the words “All Are Welcome Here.”

The event offered refreshments, snacks and loot bags while supplies last. City staff gave tours, but participants were free to roam the grounds on their own. There was music by the Harrison Jazz Ensemble Band and plenty of photo ops.

The City Council also unveiled a dedication plaque covered with a progress flag with the message “Everyone is welcome here”.

Aquatics and Recreation Center Grand Opening Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
Aquatics and Recreation Center Grand Opening Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

After the official ribbon cutting, the entire city council jumped in the pool, not once but twice, to make sure the city photographer got the photo.

Photos courtesy of the City of West Hollywood. Some rights reserved.
Photo credit: Jon Viscott
Photos courtesy of the City of West Hollywood. Some rights reserved.
Photo credit: Jon Viscott
Photos courtesy of the City of West Hollywood. Some rights reserved.
Photo credit: Jon Viscott

The ARC is on four levels with a grand staircase entrance from the park or by elevator from the park levels at El Tovar Place. It features two gleaming rooftop pools with mesmerizing views. There is a large multi-sports field that will host a variety of indoor sports including basketball, volleyball and dodgeball. The ARC also has five community meeting rooms and a conference room, as well as offices for employees of the city’s Recreation Services Division, a classroom for the Tiny Tot program, and a public-access television studio.

Aquatics and Recreation Center Grand Opening Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
Aquatics and Recreation Center Grand Opening Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

The WeHo Rec Expo was free and open to community members interested in learning more about the city’s recreational programs and events for children, adults and older adults. Attendees will enjoy music, demonstrations, giveaways and exciting activities that are sure to be fun for the whole family.

West Hollywood Park is now open to the public. Amenities include a new adult fitness machine, expanded lawns, restrooms, picnic areas and a Parallel Perpendicular designed by artist Phillip K. Smith III in the Robertson Gardens area. The playground at West Hollywood Park opens on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

For more information on recreation programs in the City of West Hollywood, including a link to access the latest edition of Rec Reader, visit www.weho.org/recreation.

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