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Shovels and hard hats equipped with swim goggles set up for the groundbreaking

City Breaks Ground for El Corazon Aquatics Center

Deanna Lorson-Oceanside City Manager

Oceanside CA— A brief groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday for the City of Oceanside’s new Aquatics Center located adjacent to the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive. The $19.8 million project will provide competition-level amenities to serve Oceanside residents, school districts and host regional meets. In addition to competitive amenities, the aquatics center will accommodate recreational features for all.

Main components will include a 56-meter competition pool, diving boards, instructional pool, splash pad, administrative offices, meeting rooms, large multi-purpose hall, locker rooms and outdoor recreational and viewing areas.

“Work is scheduled to start December 1st with completion set for 2021,” said Deanna Lorson, Oceanside’s new City Manager.

“A project like this does not happen in a vacuum,” said Oceanside Mayor Peter Weiss. “It has taken a lot of time to get to this point.” The mayor added the project isn’t just the Aquatics Center, “There is also going to be an addition to the Senior Center with a community room being built as well.”

The mayor invited the public, if they were near the Senior Center location over the next year and a half, to “stop by and take a look.”

The construction contract for the future aquatics center was approved, with a 4-1 vote, by the City Council October 9, 2019 and the contract was awarded to PCL Construction of San Diego, a firm with experience building large civic facilities, aquatics centers, and other projects.