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Help Design Alameda’s New Aquatic Center

City seeks public input for Jean Sweeney Open Space Park facility

The City of Alameda is offering a series of community workshops to help shape the design of the new aquatic center by gathering public feedback on the preferred concept for the new pool project. By the final workshop, stakeholders will have gathered the consensus needed to move ahead with a preferred concept.

Alameda Post - an adult helps a child with swimming lessons
Photo City of Alameda.

The new aquatic center will be constructed at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park. The facility will provide additional pool space to meet the needs of the community, as the current high school pools do not have sufficient capacity. The center will provide year-round and full-day programming, including swim lessons, rentals, lap swimming, camps, classes, and other activities.

The project is estimated to cost up to $30 million, with half of the funding coming from the City’s general fund and the remainder from Certificates of Participation. The facility will include competitive and recreational pools. The project is expected to break ground in 2025, with completion slated for 2027.

Alameda Post - posters for the community workshops on the Alameda Aquatic Center at Jean Sweeney Park

The first workshop (RSVP here) will take place at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday, May 18, at the Albert H. Dewitt Officers Club, 641 West Red Line Ave., at the former Alameda Naval Air Station. The event will include an open house with a gallery walk and presentation of initial concepts for the new aquatic center. Attendees and the design team will discuss the concepts with the goal of selecting a preferred concept. Those who are unable to attend this workshop may vote online and offer additional thoughts afterwards.

The second workshop (RSVP here) will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, also at the O’Club. During this workshop, the preferred concept will be presented, and the community will have a chance to provide final feedback and input on the proposed design for the center. People may also vote online and share their opinions after the meeting.

This is your chance to be heard regarding the design and features of the aquatic center–don’t miss out!

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