New Aquatic Center Planned For Natomas


REPORTER: ARTIST DRAWINGS SHOW A
HUGE PROJECT UNDERWAY IN THE
CITY OF SACRAMENTO. THE NORTH NATOMAS AQUATIC CENTER
IS EXPECTED TO COVER MORE THAN
12 ACRES. IT’LL BE A COMPONENT OF THE
EXISTING NORTH NATOMAS REGIONAL
PARK. AMENITIES INCLUDE A COMMUNITY
CENTER, WATER SLIDES, A KIDS
SPLASH ZONE, AND 3 DIFFERENT
POOLS, ONE OF WHICH WILL BE THE
CITY’S ONLY OLYMPIC SIZED POOL.>>I IMAGINE IT BEING A SPACE
FOR EVERYONE OF EVERY ONE OF
EVERY AGE TO COME AND
PARTICIPATE IN ONE WAY OR
ANOTHER IN COOLING DOWN IN THIS
HOT CITY. REPORTER: SACRAMENTO
COUNCILWOMAN ANGELIQUE ASHBY IS
EXCITED ABOUT THE PROJECT IN THE
AREA SHE REPRESENTS.>>IT’S MOVING QUICKLY BUT YOU
CAN’T SEE IT QUITE YET. REPORTER: ASHBY SAYS THE IDEA
HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR YEARS
BUT THERE HAVE BEEN SOME
CHALLENGES ALONG THE WAY.>>FUNDING CHALLENGES, A
RECESSION, A DROUGHT, BUT WE’RE
MADE IT THROUGH THAT GAUNTLET TO
THIS POINT. REPORTER: DEVELOPERS ARE FUNDING
THE PROJECT WITH CONTRIBUTIONS
FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE
CITY. THE COST, MORE THAN $24 MILLION. BEFORE CONSTRUCTION CAN EVEN
BEGIN, NEW MARKET ROAD MUST BE
EXTENDED, A PARKING LOT WITH 249
SPACES WILL NEED TO BE ADDED AND
THIS DOG PARK WITH SOME DRAINAGE
ISSUES WILL BE CLOSED.>>WE ARE GOING TO BUILD A BRAND
SPANKING NEW DOG PARK. REPORTER: BUT THIS ONE WON’T
CLOSE UNTIL THE NEW ONE OPENS. A NEW SIGN EXPLAINS IT. MOST OF THE PEOPLE AT THE PARK
TONIGHT HAD NO IDEA ABOUT THE
PLANS. REACTION IS MIXED.>>I’M NOT NECESSARILY AGAINST
IT. I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY NEED TO
DESTROY A PERFECTLY GOOD DOG
PARK TO REPLACE IT WHEN THEY
COULD JUST AS EASILY PUT THE
POOL RIGHT OVER THERE.>>IT WILL GIVE THE CHILDREN AND
HE COMMUNITY A MUCH BIGGER AREA
TO CONGREGATE AND TO HAVE MORE
ACTIVITY ESPECIALLY IN THE
SUMMER TIME. REPORTER: BUT THIS REALITY IS
YEARS AWAY. THE PROJECT MAY NOT BE COMPLETE
UNTIL 2020.

Comments 2

  • Very excited about this right in our own backyard!!! We live less than half a mile away and have regularly traveled to Folsom and Elk Grove for their aquatic centers. This one looks even better! Hopefully they will put plenty of shade around the 2 rec pools like Folsom has. My kids also really love those "Wipeout" style inflatables too. Way to go Angelique Ashby!!!

  • I thought that is too much-making building from 2029 to 30.

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