Construction is underway of the new Hollywood Pool and poolhouse at 1122 Cole Ave, courtesy of the City of LA Department of Recreation and Parks, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell (CD13) and our Proposition K and Quimby Funds hard at work.
The new pool, located in the Hollywood Recreation Center, between Cahuenga and Cole just north of Santa Monica Blvd, will be significantly larger than the former pool that had a water slide on the northwest end. The new 125′ x 75′ pool is designed with shallow areas on both ends, with the deepest portion of the pool in the middle section.It will include a diving board, swimming lanes, and bleachers for swim meets.
The 5000 square foot project will also feature a deckside pool house to include men’s and women’s changing areas and designed by local LA architectural firm Frank R Webb Architects. Described as “contemporary and timeless with a nod to the 50’s” it has a very retro feel with a cantilevered roof and patterned cement brick work.
“The roof form is segmented and angular, but feels like energy in motion, like a wave with sharp curves,” architect Ken Stein of the firm Frank R Webb Architects (FWA) told the Buzz. “It was very rewarding working with the community and getting their input on the project as it took shape.” FWA met with community stakeholders three times during the design process over 2011-2012. Stein said the neighborhood is really embracing the new facilities, that will be as top-notch as many private health clubs in LA.
For those of us who loved the curvy slide on the northwest corner of the pool, rest assured a new slide will grace the pool project. The complex will include a four foot deep ‘reception pool’ that will house the slide for all those youngsters who still get a thrill from a fast water plunge.