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Parks, Recreation & Commercial Facilities
Celebrating 75 years of service! 1936-2011
For Release: March 28, 2011
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros
Public Information & Communication Specialist
Mesa’s newest pool opens today
Skyline Aquatics Center, 845 S. Crismon Road, held its grand opening today with a free swim. Constructed in a mere 350 days, Skyline joins the City’s pool portfolio as the ninth pool. Skyline can host swim meets, events, and recreational swimming.
“The Skyline Aquatic Center is an impressive new facility in East Mesa that will benefit the entire East Valley,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “The addition of Skyline gives Mesa a cluster of aquatic facilities that is the finest in the entire county.”
The main pool has 28 racing lanes, six warm up lanes, as well as a diving well with three one-meter and one three-meter diving boards. It can also be configured into two championship water polo courts with a moveable bulkhead. The recreational pool offers zero-depth entry, a water slide, tumble bucket water feature and a turf area. Stadium shade seating runs the length of the pool that can seat 1,200 spectators.
“We are delighted to have Skyline open in time for our summer swim season,” Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities Director Marc Heirshberg said. “National and local swimming meets have also shown an interest in holding their events at Skyline and we hope to draw more, making Skyline Aquatics Center the place to be at all year round.”
Through a partnership developed by Vice Mayor Scott Somers, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) East Valley-Phoenix Chapter generously donated an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to Skyline pool.
“Automated External Defibrillators can save lives in emergency situations, when time is of the utmost importance,” Vice Mayor Scott Somers said. “AEDs are extremely user-friendly devices and unlike defibrillators used by health care professionals, the AED doesn’t require extensive medical knowledge to understand or operate. We appreciate the generosity of the SCAA for making this donation to Skyline.”
The total construction cost for the project was $8.4 million. $3.8 million plus design costs were funded by the City’s Aquatics Capital Program and $4.6 million in funding came from Mesa Public Schools.
"The City and school district have a unique longtime partnership. Together, our organizations have built pools for residents to enjoy," said Dr. Michael Cowan, superintendent, Mesa Public Schools. "We are fortunate to have this cooperative relationship in which we share both costs and facilities that benefit all Mesa citizens."
Skyline offers year round club teams for swimming and synchronized swimming. In addition, the City of Mesa also offers swim lessons and aquatic sport teams such as, swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo during the summer months. The pool will be open on May 28. Admission is $3.50 for adults, $1.75 for seniors and youth 17 and under. For more information please visit: http://mesaaz.gov/parksrec/aquatics.