Hundreds of residents, community leaders, and excited youth turned out on May 31 for the Grand Opening and Dedication of the Castaic Sports Complex Aquatic Center.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Director Russ Guiney were among those on hand to help dedicate the Aquatic Center, which is located at 31350 North Castaic Road, Castaic, CA 91384.

An exciting addition to the Castaic community, the $13 million aquatic center is the result of a dynamic joint effort by the office of Supervisor Antonovich, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Public Works and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Featuring a competition-sized 6,425 square foot pool, splash pad with integrated 4,435 square-foot recreation pool and 12,500 square-foot pool building, the aquatic center is certain to be a popular draw as temperatures rise with the changing of the seasons. Programs and services available at the center include swimming lessons, a junior lifeguard program, aqua aerobics, synchronized swimming and much more.

The pool building includes changing rooms, showers, and staff offices, as well as a host of site improvements -- including parking, walkways, landscaping and street lighting. With its environmentally-friendly construction, the County of Los Angeles has set a goal for the new Castaic Sports Complex Aquatic Center to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

Marking the entrance to the aquatic center is artwork by renowned Los Angeles visual artist Bob Zoell. The piece, entitled Bbubbles, consists of 21 glass panels depicting bubbles in water. To create the large-scale artwork’s rich blue color, Zoell’s fabricator us ed a Frit technique, a process used to melt ceramic glaze at an extremely high temperature. Each glass panel is sandwiched between clear glass in one inch thick insulated glass units, making the design and construction of the artwork consistent with the project’s goals for LEED Silver Certification.

The artwork dramatizes the purpose of the facility as a public pool and harmonizes with the interior color scheme.

Swimming is a fantastic way for people of all ages to have fun while staying active and healthy. For more information about the facilities, programs and services available at the Castaic Sports Complex Aquatic Center, call the North Agency Aquatics Office at (661) 294-3532.

Children wait in line for the swim test overseen by Los Angeles County lifeguards