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South Coast City Announces Ambitious Plan To Build Community Aquatic Center

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Plans call for what could be a $40 million dollar community aquatic center in South Oxnard, in College Park.

The state is funding the first $5 million of estimated $40 million project.

There’s excitement in a South Coast city over just announced plans to build a public aquatic center. Efforts to raise money for the estimated $40 million project got a big boost Friday with word of a major chunk of funding for the project.

It’s an ambitious plan calling for construction of a center with an Olympic-size competition pool, an instructional pool and water play areas for kids in Oxnard’s College Park.

Democratic State Senator Monique Limon of Santa Barbara announced she secured $5 million in state funding for the project which she says would be an important addition for the community. Limon says as a local school board member, when she would talk to kids about their dream school, it always included a pool.

Oxnard officials are hoping to use bond money to pay for the rest of the project. The city will hold community meetings on exactly what should be a part of the center. The goal is to have it buil, and ready for use in four years.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.