The $35 million San Gabriel Valley Aquatic Center, managed by LA County Public Works on behalf of the LA County Department of Parks and Recreation, will feature a new swimming facility and community park on a 3.1-acre site within the former campus of Temple Academy Elementary School. The design of the aquatic center includes an Olympic-sized, 50-meter competitive swimming pool, a smaller practice and recreational pool, shaded bleachers and swim team areas, and modern amenities to facilitate competitive swimming events and water sports.  Adjacent to the pool area, an approximately 10,800-SF building will include classroom space for swim teams and community events, offices, locker rooms with showers, public restrooms, and a break area for aquatic center staff. Another building, perpendicular to the first and framing of the pool area, will house the pool’s extensive mechanical and maintenance equipment. A one-acre park with exercise areas, a shade structure, a pollinator garden, a plaza, and an outdoor amphitheater will complete the complex and provide access to the adjacent county-owned and operated Allen J. Martin Park. The project will feature Mexican art and architecture influences, illustrating the community’s love and commitment to its citizens.

The highly anticipated joint-use community center is a testament to the power of community collaboration. It will provide vital aquatic and recreational resources for San Gabriel Valley residents and students of Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District (HLPUSD).  The Balfour Beatty and HMC Architects design-build team have relied on critical community partnerships throughout construction, including collaboration between LA County’s departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation, HLPUSD, and Active SGV, as well as the West Puente Valley community at large. This facility, born out of our collective efforts, supports leisure and sports swimming, inspires community engagement, and promotes wellness.