SOUTH GLENDALE — City officials and residents on Thursday heralded the groundbreaking of the long-awaited $5.3-million public pool at Pacific Park, which is slated to open by summer.
The ceremony came roughly six years after Mayor Ara Najarian began publicly lobbying for a replacement for the city's only public municipal pool, which was demolished in 2003 to make way for the joint city project with Glendale Unified at Edison Elementary School.
"Can you guess I'm excited about this pool?" Najarian — donning swim goggles and a towel around his neck — said at Thursday's ceremony. "This has been a long time coming."
The City Council last month approved a contract with Glendale-based George Hopkins Construction Co. to build the six-lane L-shaped pool and 4,965-square-foot equipment and administrative building.
The pool will also qualify for high-level green building standards.
The final plan is the result of a number of design iterations as city officials struggled to piece together funding for the project, which was initially proposed as a $10.4-million eight-lane, competition-ready model.