Mission Viejo’s Marguerite Aquatics Center Approved For $10 Million In Renovations

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Yesterday, Thursday, October 13th, the Mission Viejo city council unanimously approved an approximate $10 million in contracts to renovate the Marguerite Aquatics Center.

The city council originally approved a motion to fully renovate the facilities in June 2015, which was then presented with a price tag of approximately $7.8 million. The price, however, has risen with the city council of Mission Viejo approving an $8.5 million contract to Construct 1 Corp. of Tustin and another $2.3 million for project management and other renovation costs.

In a report by The OC Register renovations could begin as soon as this coming Monday, and will be giving the aquatics center a new dive tower, new dive office, new swim school office, and a complete face list for the pool deck.

Mark Schubert, who recently announced his return to Mission Viejo as Associate Head Coach, explained to Swimming World,

The support of the Mission Viejo City Counsel confirms the fact that the City of Mission Viejo takes great pride in The Nadadores Swim team and their accomplishments. The Marguerite Center will be one of the outstanding facilities in the US capable of hosting major international events. Important to the City is the fact that this Center will serve swimmers of all ages, Learn to Swim, Age Group, Masters, and Olympic level!”

Schubert first began coaching at Mission Viejo in 1972, the year Marguerite Aquatics Center was first opened, leading the Nadadores for a successful 13 years. Under his tutelage the team grew from a group of 50 to 500.

Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Bucknum commented, “I think it’s safe to say that when you invest in your community, it’s pretty amazing what will happen.”

Kimberly Barnes, a member of the Nadadores board, added, “We see a bright future for our team. We owe so much to so many and we are humbled and proud of who we are as a team in the community of Mission Viejo.”

The Marguerite Aquatics Center has served as home for the Mission Viejo Nadadores swim program exclusively for the last twenty-two years and boasts Olympics champions Brian Goodell, Greg Louganis, Shirley Babashoff, and more.

This will be the first renovation to the Marguerite Aquatics Center since its opening in 1972.

Read more from The OC Register here

15 Comments

15 comments

  1. avatar

    It’s great to see a community spend wisely. Some other communities build billion dollar sport stadiums for professional sports teams owned by billionaires.

    • avatar

      Actually, this pool is exclusively for the Mission Viejo Nadadores swim program. If you aren’t in the privileged group, you’ll probably never swim there outside of a meet your in. Some youth swim classes will be allowed as they bring in money. The above article could be omitting all the controversy.

      • avatar
        Gary

        aaaa … of a meet YOU’RE in.

        I read another article which stated there was strong disagreement over spending on the “exclusive” pool and the quotes (above) that it “will serve swimmers of all ages” would have to be a distortion, or at least spin – depending on who’s telling the true story.

      • avatar
        Cynthia mae Curran

        It depends upon having a high paying job or not, Mission Viejo houses at least cost over 700,000 and North Carolina housing is a lot cheaper.

      • avatar
        Cynthia mae Curran

        It depends upon having a high paying job or not, Mission Viejo houses at least cost over 700,000 and North Carolina housing is a lot cheaper. That’s why I now live in Arizona, cheaper housing.

      • avatar
        Cynthia mae Curran

        That’s why I now live in Arizona, cheaper housing. Mission Viejo housing cost too much, over 700,000.

    • Renee Lampasso-Parker

      Dawn Marie Brown we still can’t raise money for a decent pool in eastern carolina

  2. Pamela Brown

    Hmmmm, not on the California???

  3. avatar
    Dunc1952

    “This will be the first renovation to the Marguerite Aquatics Center since its opening in 1972.”

    It may be a difference in definition of terms, but I have a pretty clear recollection of a significant adjustment to the facility while Mark was still in his initial run at Mission Viejo. The pool was initially relatively shallow for a major competitive tank; something happened which required the pool to be drained for repair and in the process the depth for much of the competitive course was increased substantially (4 foot to 8 foot? something of that nature) which I’d interpret as a pretty major renovation, though it might not have been discussed that way at the time.

    • avatar
      Cynthia mae Curran

      Hey, it was common at that time to have 4 foot competition pools. It was a lot better than the old LA pool which was used for major competitions. Swam in the old time pool which was built in 1932.

      • avatar
        Cynthia mae Curran

        It depends upon having a high paying job or not, Mission Viejo houses at least cost over 700,000 and North Carolina housing is a lot cheaper. That’s why I now live in Arizona, cheaper housing.

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