The Mesa Aquatics Complex, 1630 E. Southern Ave. at Mesa High School, opens to the public Saturday, May 23. (See a previous story with graphics of the then-planned complex at http://mesaindependent.com/sports-and-outdoors/mesa-city-council-approves-6-6-million-aquatic-facility-at-high-school/.)
“One of the strengths of the city of Mesa is our aquatics program,” Mesa Mayor John Giles said at a May 19 media briefing at his office, 20 E. Main St. Suite No. 750. “Every summer there’s thousands and thousand of kids who come to our – which will now be nine – city-operated swimming pools. They’re involved in competitive swimming, recreational swimming, It’s just something I think that we are very good at. So, improving on that, will be this new swimming pool in front of Mesa High School called the Mesa Aquatics Complex,” he said.
Grand-opening celebrations Saturday include doors opening at 11 a.m. and a ceremony and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m., according to a press release.
“This is not just another swimming pool,” Mayor Giles said. “There’s a lot of water features built into this pool, so regardless of where you live in the city of Mesa – and you have kids or you are just a swimming-pool fan – I think you’re going to want to go out of your way to come visit the new Mesa Aquatics Complex. In addition to just a regular lap and dive pool for competitive swimming and for exercise, there will be a leisure pool and – this is the exciting part – a lazy river. So I’m looking forward to floating down the lazy river this Saturday at the Mesa Aquatics Complex.”
Mesa’s pools include: