AQUATIC CENTER - 207 West College Avenue

NEW Classes Offered (April - May 2013)
ClassAgesDatesTimes
Be a Water Safety Instructor16+ Spring 2014 TBA
Life Guard Training15+ July 2013 TBA
  • Classroom
  • First Aid Station
  • Offices
  • Patio & BBQ Rentable Space
  • Water Slides and Lap Pool
  • Competition Pool
  • Therapy Pool
  • AquaPlay Structure

RENT THIS FACILITY


2014 Pool Closures

  • Easter, Sunday, April 20
  • Saturday, May 3, All day: Los Padres League High School Swim Championships
    Prelims.
  • Wednesday, May 7, After 12pm: Los Padres League High School Swim Championships
    Finals.

2014 Additional Recreation
Swim Days

1PM -3PM

  • LUSD Non-School, March 17
  • Spring Recess, April 12 through April 21
  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 26

Daily Recreational Swim:

  • Saturday & Sunday (beginning August 31, 2013): 1 - 3pm
  • Friday: 3:30 - 5pm

Lap Swim:

  • 5:45a to 7:30a: M-W-F (Comp & Lap Lanes)
  • 11:30a to 1p: Mon - Sat (Comp, Lap & Therapy)
  • 1p to3p: Sat (Comp)
  • 3:20p – 6:30p: Mon – Thur (Lap Lanes)
  • 5p to 7:30p: Mon through Friday (Comp)
  • 8:30a to 10a: Sat (Comp & Lap Lanes).
  • 9:30 - 11:30 : Mon - Fri (Comp)
  • 5:00 – 6:30p: Mon – Thur (Therapy Pool)

Rental Opportunities:

  • Fridays: 5:00p-7:00p
  • Saturdays: 10a-11:30a, 3:15p-5:15p, 5:30p-7:30p
  • Sunday: 10a-11:30a, 11:30a-1p, 3:15p-5:15p, 5:30p-7:30p
                   

History

In the fall of 2000, the City Council appointed an eleven-member citizen's Aquatic Ad-Hoc Committee comprised of athletes, youth commissioners, aquatic coaches, senior citizens, school district employees, teens, and other local organizations to communicate the needs and expectations of the public. Over the next year, the committee worked diligently with the architect, aquatic consultants and staff, holding meetings including study sessions and public hearings.

As the process continued, the aquatic center committee determined the top three design considerations of the citizenry were:

  • To design a facility that meets the needs of the community well into the future;
  • To ensure the facility would offer something for everyone; and
  • To design a facility protected from outside elements to allow the opportunity for enjoyment year-round, offering the experience of being an outdoor facility while maintaining the benefit and protection of being indoors.

Initially the shopping list of perceived needs and opinions went from A to Z, but the process proved to be very powerful and successful.

In late fall 2001, the City Council accepted the final report from the Aquatic Center Ad-Hoc Committee and staff, recommending a new three-pool aquatic center at College Park, city-owned property. The City Council secured professional consulting services for design of the Lompoc Aquatic Center. The 41,000-square-foot dream facility was designed for the most avid, or passive, aquatic consumer. Swimmers would benefit regardless of the time of year or weather conditions because the pool areas would be enclosed by a 31,000-square-foot glass -framed aluminum structure, creating an outdoor feeling. Retractable roof panels over each pool would open to allow in sunshine and blue skies, but remain closed when weather is undesirable. The design included enclosed patios, locker rooms, family changing rooms, a meeting room, office space, and storage amenities, with plethora of skylights offering natural light for daytime operations and an "open" feeling for the consumers. Additionally, the facility was designed for installation of a fuel cell to utilize energy from the water, generating enough energy to operate the Recreation Pool, with excess energy sent back to the City's municipal electrical grid; however, at the time of construction, there was not enough long-term data to warrant the initial cost of adding a fuel cell. As technology advances, the City will continue to look at this option, with the ultimate goal of future implementation.

The state-of-the-art Lompoc Aquatic Center is located to the back of College Park, a City-owned property, which also houses the City's Skate Park and the community's YMCA. The Aquatic Center lies in the heart of the City's redevelopment area, within walking distance for low-income families, and adjacent to the campus of the Lompoc High School. Additionally, the facility backs up to a senior housing complex. To provide ease of access for the senior residents, the City added a lighted pathway from the housing complex to the front door of the aquatic center. Not only was access for the senior customers a concern of the Parks and Recreation Commission, but providing affordable access was a priority as well. Although consultants shared that the City could charge an admission fee of $10 per customer based on the recreational components offered at the facility, the City Council knew that would not work for this community.

On December 9, 2004, the community came out in mass to the groundbreaking ceremony of the Lompoc Aquatic Center. Energy and enthusiasm was abounding, continuing from that day forward. Over the months to follow, construction of the center was tracked on the City's website and the local media. Every time a significant milestone was reached, it was captured through film by our local media. Once the facility was safe for tours, Parks & Recreation staff diversified their talents and became tour guides.

The fall of 2006 came to be one with historical value; the opening of the long-awaited aquatic facility was coming to fruition. This year-round, multi-functional indoor facility features the following:

  • A 25-meter by 25-yard; 7-to 9-feet deep, 10-lane competition/water polo pool;
  • A 1,600-square-foot, 90-degree therapeutic pool, with wet-wheelchair ramp access;
  • A recreation pool with zero depth entry;
  • An interactive water playground;
  • Four-by 25-yard lap lanes; and
  • Two 126-foot-long winding water slides.

Early October, the doors were opened and the community was able to splash around for the first time in over six years. That first week, the Lompoc Aquatic Center was home to its first high school water polo competition, an insurgency of customers were participating in recreational swim opportunities and parents eagerly signed their children up for swim lessons.

To support the aquatic programs, many lifeguards, swimming instructors, clerks, and custodial support are necessary. As result, the City of Lompoc is the leader in employment of youth in the Lompoc Valley.

On October 21, 2006, the City and community officials celebrated the grand opening of the new aquatic center, and pride filled the air. The day was full of fanfare, fun, food, music, lifesaving demonstrations, and, of course - swimming! Over 800 swimmers had the opportunity to get in the water and RECREATED at no charge! This project, provides testimony of the pride, commitment, and support that the Lompoc City Council, city administration, and the citizens of the Lompoc Valley possess toward their quality of life.

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