After hearing the convincing testimony of a water polo player dressed only in a Speedo (and some other people), the West Hollywood City Council on Monday approved more than $80 million of additions to West Hollywood Park, WeHoville reports. The add-ons, considered the second part of WeHo Park's major overhaul, include an AIDS Memorial and a new five-story recreation center built on a parking lot on El Tovar Lane. The rec center will accommodate parking, meeting rooms, lockers rooms, a gymnasium, and two rooftop pools, one for recreation and another for lap swimming. Athletes, including members of the city's dodgeball league and the aforementioned water polo player, testified in support of the rec center (the politicians later passed a rule that public speakers must wear shirts and shoes [no word on pants]).
The AIDS Memorial will likely go up near the adjacent library's grand staircase, and could include an amphitheater. Construction won't start for at least a year and will wrap in about 2017 or '18. Also discussed, but not agreed on, was adding bathrooms to the nearby parking garage so clubgoers stop peeing in the stairwells.
· New Rec Center, National AIDS Monument Approved For West Hollywood Park [WeHoville]