La Mirada council discusses future of its aquatic center
Free recreational swimming will be offered at the 25-yard pool from 1to 4 p.m. June 22 to Aug. 30 next year. “We feel we are very competitive in the marketplace,” said Tom Robinson, director of community services. “The goal is not to quite to pay for itself, but come close.” About two-thirds of a projected $2.1 million annual cost would be recovered through revenue, Robinson said. However, the fees haven’t been finalized, Robinson said. In addition to Buccaneer Bay, which will have three slides and a 500-foot river, the center will include a 50-meter competitive pool, a 25-yard teaching pool and a spa. The center is expected to open in October. A city survey showed that the city’s admission charge for “Buccaneer Bay,” is about half that of the commercial locations, such as Raging Waters or Knott’s Soak City. The city also will offer a season pass of $64 for adults for the family fun center. The single-day price for children, ages 3-12, will be $9 and $49 for a season pass. The lap and recreation swim price for adults is higher than the average price of a number of Southern California cities surveyed. Robinson said that La Mirada’s pool is newer than some of the city pools that have lower prices. The city will offer lap swimming and a variety of swimming classes at the two pools. La Mirada Armada, formerly the Industry Hills Aquatic Club, will use the competition pool. Robinson also announced that the Buccaneer Bay area, while expected to be complete in October, won’t open until May 16, 2008. “As we get into that time of the year, it would be problematic to start it up and have a sufficient audience,” said Tom Robinson, director of community services, referring to the fall. “We would be better off holding and have a successful opening when we’re going to be full.” The fees and other issues will come back for more study, City Manager Andrea Travis said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Pirate’s Cove water park LA MIRADA – City officials laid out programming, operating hours and a fee structure for its $29 million aquatic center at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Proposed fees would range from a $14 charge to use Buccaneer Bay, the family fun center, to $3 for lap swimming or recreation swimming offered in the other two pools.