Excitement mounts as SVHS aquatic facility nears completion

Excitement is building at Sonoma Valley High School and in the broader community as work on a new year-round pool complex on campus nears its final stages.

Indeed, when it opens on Monday, October 3, the complex will both boost SVHS aquatic programs and be accessible to the public when the school is not using it. The resort was supposed to open in early September, but construction delays and unexpected rainy spells extended the date.

“It has been more than 17 years since the loss of the high school pool, and there is noticeable excitement in our district community for the completion and opening of the new pool complex,” said Dr. Adrian Palazuelos, Superintendent of the Sonoma Valley Unified School. District. “This will be a great benefit to students enrolled in our physical education classes, student athletes who represent Sonoma Valley High School in our CIF [California Interscholastic Federation] water polo and aquatic swimming programs, and our school-aged children.

Paul Favaro, chairman of the board of Sonoma Splash (aka The Sonoma Valley Health and Recreation Association), a nonprofit group that will oversee the resort‘s community programs, is thrilled that the public will have access to the new facility.

“All members of the community will be welcome at the facility, whether they are members or not,” he said. “We believe that, combined with the seed effect our learn-to-swim programs and expanded age group swim programs will have, this will significantly increase student-athlete participation in high school aquatics programs. such as swimming and water polo. »

Monthly and annual subscriptions will be available for community members. They will be able to enjoy free recreational swimming or lengths and benefit from a reduced rate for lessons. Non-members will be able to pay a daily entry fee for recreational swimming or lap swimming and will be able to take swimming lessons and lessons.

The complex will include a 132-foot by 75-foot competition pool, a 60-foot by 30-foot instructional pool, and a community clubhouse with a reception area, locker rooms, showers, locker rooms, restrooms, and a storage space. . Updates and videos showing construction progress are posted on sonomasplash.com.

SVUSD, which owns the resort and has first priority for its use, assigns staff to receive training and certification in pool maintenance as part of its responsibility to maintain it. Sonoma Valley High School will provide operational oversight of school programs while Sonoma Splash will oversee community programs.

Favaro says shared pool use times with SVHS teams and physical education programs, as well as community membership fees, will be determined in the coming weeks.

Prior to the unveiling of the complex, SVUSD will host an opening event for its students and staff, details of which will be announced at a later date.

“We can’t wait for a Sonoma Valley USD student to be the first in the water at our new aquatic center,” Palazuelos said.

All Sonoma Valley residents are invited to an upcoming open house hosted by SVUSD and Sonoma Splash on Sunday, October 2 to view the new resort.

“We will try to get people in the water in organized activities and do some demonstrations of some of our upcoming programs,” Favaro said.

Sonoma Splash was created approximately 20 years ago to bring a modern and versatile aquatic facility to the Sonoma Valley. Its donors provided $1.5 million to supplement the $12.4 million in Measure E funds and $2 million in other setup funds provided by SVUSD.

Operating costs for the facility are estimated to be between $200,000 and $300,000 per year, covered by the school district and Sonoma Splash.

A source of revenue will be provided by community groups who rent the facility for events. Individuals can also rent the facility for birthday parties and other celebrations if school and community schedules permit.

Sonoma Splash has also had discussions with potential user groups and non-profit organizations about partnering on programs.

“We received enthusiastic responses from everyone we spoke to about partnerships, including Boys and Girls Clubs,” Favaro said.

Over the next few weeks, Sonoma Splash will invite major user groups to tour the facility and offer a few events for major donors to show the impact of their contributions. After it opens, interested parties such as the Sea Dragons Alumni organization will be invited to hold events at the site to promote their participation and support.

One of Sonoma Splash’s goals is to ensure that all children in Sonoma Valley can swim by the time they reach third grade. Thus, the organization plans to provide learn-to-swim scholarships to members of the community who need them to participate in the course. The scholarships will be funded by grants from non-profit organizations and individual donors as well as net revenue generated from the programs.

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