Here’s a Sneak Peek Inside New West Hollywood Recreation Center

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West Hollywood Recreation Center - Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

WEHO TIMES got a sneak peek inside the West Hollywood Recreation Center last night, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, during a game of dodgeball. The West Hollywood Dodgeball League was invited by the City of West Hollywood to test out the new court at the center’s new gymnasium. The league is the first to get access as part of a phased opening process this summer.

Ten teams with 16 players played a round robin of single eliminations. All the players went in at once as a special night to introduce everyone to the new space. Registered players were treated to a sneak peek inside their new dodge ball courts.

West Hollywood Recreation Center – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
West Hollywood Recreation Center – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

West Hollywood Dodgeball league offers three no-sting leagues to choose from, an advanced league, a rec league and beginners. Games will take place Tuesday nights and Thursday nights at the West Hollywood Recreation Center, with games scheduled for 7:00pm, 8:00pm and 9:00pm according to their website (https://www.wehododgeball.com).

“We love the new West Hollywood Recreating Center,” said one player. “It’s so much better than where we were before, which was that old auditorium built in the 1950 or 60s. We actually get our very own dodgeball court.”

West Hollywood Recreation Center – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
West Hollywood Recreation Center – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

The West Hollywood Aquatics Team (WH2O) was invited by the City of West Hollywood to test out the new West Hollywood pool the previous night on Monday evening.

Photos taken by WEHO TIMES Contributor Mike Pingel show on November 2021 show the West Hollywood Recreating Center during the day.

West Hollywood Recreation Center – Photo by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES

The city latest update states that City of West Hollywood has received a Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) for the Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC) at West Hollywood Park. Public access to the ARC will be accomplished in a phased approach to protect the safety and welfare of the public and users of the facility. In anticipation of receiving the CofO, the City’s Recreation Services Division staff has been working on the beginning stages of phasing in public use and programming beginning with swim lessons, tiny tot programming, and limited gymnasium use. The Division has been working with the various groups and stakeholders on timelines and accessibility and is working towards the expansion and use of the ARC over the next several weeks and months ahead.

The phased opening process provides the necessary integrated training scenarios for staff to become familiar with programs, constituent patterns, and access throughout the new facility. During the first phase of the ARC opening, recreation programs, events, contract classes, and user groups will slowly begin use of the ARC as staff begin to lead programs and work in the facility on a day-to-day basis. Subsequent phasing for both the park and aquatics will include extended hours and additional programs and activities programmed and led by the City’s Recreation Services staff, contract instructors, or community organizations.

The initial phased opening programs are:

Aquatic Center – Swim Lessons, Junior Lifeguard Program, and a phased opening to limited user groups will begin. Over the next few weeks, additional aquatic programming will become available for user groups, lap swim, fitness club, recreational swim, and Splash Camp.

Recreation Center – Programs and activities such as Fundamentals of Sports, Tot Time Camp, Tiny Tots, Summer Camp, and a phased opening to select user groups has also begun.

An official opening ceremony is anticipated to be scheduled for later this summer, with details forthcoming at www.weho.org/calendar. Given the recent rise in positive COVID-19 cases, further opening and availability of space may be impacted by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 protocols.

The children’s playground at West Hollywood Park remains closed at this time. The City has commenced completion work under guidance of the playground manufacturer and its installation contractor after deficiencies in installation were identified following a state-mandated Playground Safety Audit and site inspections. In the interim, the City operates two (2) playgrounds at other locations: Kings Road Park (1000 N. Kings Road) and Plummer Park (7377 Santa Monica Boulevard). The playground at Plummer Park is the largest playground operated by the City of West Hollywood.

A large portion of the park-site at West Hollywood Park is open, including:

  • Adult Fitness Equipment: Open to the public.
  • El Tovar Place: Open to the public. El Tovar Place provides east to west access through West Hollywood Park between N. San Vicente Boulevard and N. Robertson Boulevard including access to the parking structures.
  • Expanded Turf Areas: Open to the public. There is access from N. San Vicente Boulevard, N. Robertson Boulevard, El Tovar Place, and from the third level of the West Hollywood Park 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 turf area for passive recreation activities.
  • West Hollywood Library Parking Structure: Open to the public. Open hours align with the West Hollywood Library’s operating hours.
  • West Hollywood Park restrooms adjacent to the City’s Small Dog Park: Open to the public.
  • West Hollywood Park Picnic Zones: Available by reservation.

For park updates, subscribe to the City’s West Hollywood Park Master Plan Phase II e-notifications list to receive updates. For information about Recreation programming, please visit www.weho.org/recreation.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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Angry Gay Pope
8 days ago

It failed to make it open for pride after no pride for years! Shame on the city for taking so long that even a little bit of it could not be toured by visitors @ pride 2022!

weholoco
weholoco
7 days ago
Reply to  Angry Gay Pope

I did take forever but not sure what it has to do with pride. Pride always takes place at the park. Opening it up for the festival would just destroy the brand new building. Have you seen what Pride did to the lawn. It is a shame that the playground is still closed.

TomSmart
TomSmart
8 days ago

From these pics it’s honestly underwhelming.

weholoco
weholoco
7 days ago
Reply to  TomSmart

What did you expect? As far as city gymnasiums go this is pretty spectacular. The basketball court looks huge! Like the W Hollywood library this will be big success. Other cities should take note.

TomSmart
TomSmart
6 days ago
Reply to  weholoco

No need to justify my opinion. Not to mention, your name really says it all. I won’t be back, so hold yur tongue gurl. SNAP