Please pass the budget allocation request and move forward with the proposed plan for El Corazon Aquatic Center
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- Oceanside currently has two half-century old frequently malfunctioning swimming pools. Not only that maintenance of these archaic pools are not cost effective but also their small and limited capacities have been unable to provide sufficient services to the city's residents.
- Oceanside's population grew from 21,000 in 1960 to over 180,000 today, becoming the third largest city in the San Diego county. Yet, no new public swimming pools is built to accommodate the needs of the large population of the city in the past several decades.
- Oceanside is a beach city and many citizens flock to the neighboring beaches and it is a city's responsibility to provide the residents with programs to keep them safe.
- Our junior lifeguards are Oceanside's future lifeguards who stand at the lifeguard towers to keep our citizens and visitors safe. El Corazon Aquatic Center will provide junior lifeguards with a better pool to train.
- Our residents who enjoy beach lifestyle need to know how to swim before they jump into the ocean.
- Water polo, swimming, and diving along with many other youth sports are indispensable not only for the mental and physical fitness of our youth but also building tight knit families and communities.
- Currently our high school aquatic programs, aquatic clubs, and several city run aquatic programs compete for the very limited pool time at the small Brooks Street Swim Center, and Marshall Street Swim Center is mostly unavailable. El Corazon Aquatic Center will provide city's aquatic programs with more pool time and space.
- El Corazon Aquatic Center will create much needed space for aquatic programs to serve all ages of the residents from infants to seniors with programs such as infants swim lessons, veterans rehabilitative programs, masters swimming, seniors' aquatic programs, and etc.
- El Corazon Aquatic Center will encourage the city's high school aquatic programs to grow stronger and provide middle schools and our community college with an opportunity to create new aquatic programs.
- El Corazon Aquatic Center will enable city's aquatic programs to hold county level, state level, and even national level events, which will invite many athletes and their families outside our city to visit Oceanside resulting in helping our local business to prosper.
- In adding to the existing soccer fields and a senior center at El Corazon, an aquatic center will make El Corazon a central hub for citizens' activities.
- Along with the soccer fields, an olympic standard aquatic center will invite visitors from outside Oceanside and will boost local economy.
- City council members voted 5-0 for planning to build an aquatic center in October 2014, however when a budget allocation request was presented on March 4, 2015, council was divided 2-2 tie due to the absence of council member Sanchez.
- City council members revisited the budget item on March 18th, 2015 and unanimously voted to wait for staff report and workshop for additional 30 days.
- 15 years ago, the state-of-art Civic Center was built for over $33 million and funds will be freed when the debt for the Civic Center is paid off. It is time for the city to use the funds for their citizens.
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