Aquatics center plan gets OK from town commissions

By Jenna Hunt

YUCCA VALLEY — Two of the town’s commissions joined forces to provide input on the aquatics and recreation center Tuesday, recommending to built it near the Boys & Girls Club and Brehm Youth Sports Park.

Planning and parks and recreation commissioners signed off on a version of the project that includes an indoor recreational pool, an outdoor 25-yard lap pool, a gymnasium, a rehab room and a multipurpose room.

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Arash Izadi of LPA Inc. and his team were present at Tuesday night’s meeting. The LPA team and town staff said they understood that for many commissioners, they were hearing of the details for the first time and it could be “information overload.”

Planning Commissioner James Henderson said the project was very exciting and asked questions about how the facilities would be staffed and the cost involved. The costs for employees and the future growth of the community have been factored into the final costs, Izadi said.

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John Courtney, the senior project manager with LPA, said the various plans are simply just the beginning.

“We wanted to present big ideas,” Courtney said Tuesday.

Courtney said the team researched the “affordability price point” for Yucca Valley.

“We want to make sure you are looking at a realistic picture,” Courtney said. “We use a proven method.”

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