The West Hollywood Park swimming pool as we know and remember it, is completely gone. For those wondering what lies beyond the tall fence with the dark green tarp at West Hollywood Park, the view is a gaping hole surrounded by rubble where the pool area was located. The West Hollywood Park Auditorium is next on the chopping block.
It’s all part of Phase II of the West Hollywood Park Master plan. On Monday, May 18, 2020, the City of West Hollywood City Council unanimously agreed to expedite the construction project at a West Hollywood City Council Meeting. The West Hollywood Park Auditorium and West Hollywood swimming pool are to be torn down to allow the construction phase to start earlier than previously planned. This action is supposed to take approximately 9 months off the timeline to complete the park project.
Plans for a brand new four-level, 75,000-square-foot Aquatic and Recreation Center will feature two rooftop swimming pools, including a competition pool and a recreational pool, and a multi-sport court with bleacher seating and scoreboards that will accommodate a variety of sports. The building will also feature five community meeting rooms and one conference room, City of West Hollywood Parks and Recreation staff offices, a Tiny Tot program classroom, a public access television studio, lockers, and additional parking.
The entire park will be upgraded with more open space, a “Robertson Gardens” area with public art, new picnic areas, an outdoor exercise circuit for adults throughout the park, and updated playgrounds for children. The off-leash dog parks will feature expanses of open space with shade trees, small mounds and turf terraces for romping, and water stations.
The AIDS Monument, a collaboration between the Foundation for a National AIDS Monument (FAM), artist Dan Tobin and the City of West Hollywood, will be located within the park’s expanded green spaces along San Vicente Boulevard. It will be a visually distinct and tranquil area to be experienced in many different ways.
Phase II construction is anticipated to last for approximately 33 months — the City and its partners in the project are working diligently to minimize impacts on park users, on local residents, and on surrounding businesses. During construction, fences will ensure safety in and around construction areas and large expanses of the park will remain open for use.
El Tovar Place and the adjacent surface public parking lot will be closed; however, the five-story public parking structure and Library parking structure will remain open and accessible from the San Vicente Boulevard entrance. The surface public parking lot off of Melrose Avenue, and the adjacent alley, may also be impacted by construction traffic.
The new Aquatic and Recreation Center is scheduled to open Fall 2021.