$60 million design picked for South Oxnard aquatics center

A rendering shows a conceptual design of the planned South Oxnard Aquatics Center. The City Council approved a nearly $60 million design Tuesday that includes a 50-meter pool.

The South Oxnard Aquatics Center moved closer to its planned summer 2025 completion after a vote of the City Council Tuesday.

The council approved a conceptual design in a 6-1 vote for the nearly $60 million aquatics center that includes a 50-meter competition swimming pool, instructional and recreational swimming pools, a lazy river, water slides and a splash pad.

Councilman Bert Perello, the lone dissenter, said Friday the higher-than-expected cost prevented him from supporting the project, noting it could negatively impact future projects, such as a new fire station and senior center. 

The project had also shifted away from its original goal of teaching the community how to swim, he add.

“Now we’re going to start gearing towards competitions instead of learning how to swim?” Perello asked.