Calabasas Squashes Plans for a Water Park

The Calabasas City Council has squashed plans for a water park at Juan Bautista De Anza Park, but will consider building a swimming pool on the west side of Calabasas if the city’s parks, recreation and education commission finds there’s a need for one.

The council was set to vote at its meeting last week on whether to conduct public forums on the proposed aquatics complex, but instead decided to strike the water park entirely.

“I’m not in favor of any water park that would clutter the beautiful park,” Mayor Barry Groveman said. “But a simple pool, though, I might. I will support public discussion. I think we have a duty. We aren’t up here to get scared by numbers. This is a democracy.”

Jeff Rubin, community services director, presented four options at the City Council meeting last week for a proposed Swim Center West. The most minimal rendering included a pool with several locker rooms, showers, shade structures and a concession stand.

Option two added a spray ground, a third choice added a lazy river, and the most developed concept included all of the above, plus a water slide.

Councilmembers Mary Sue Maurer and James Bozajian urged the council to limit the options to a pool only. Other council members agreed.

“From what I’ve heard from people interested in having us look at this idea, it mostly does just center around a pool,” Councilmember Jonathon Wolfson said. “It seems to me it might make sense at this time to look at a pool project and take out other modules.”

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