Groundbreaking ceremony for new Kern High School District pool

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A new Olympic-size swimming pool is coming to Kern High School District.

The pool is being called the Kern Aquatic Complex and it will be the first aquatic facility built by the district since opening a swimming pool at Bakersfield High School 99 years ago. That pool was demolished in 1938 for the expansion of the gymnasium.

“We’re hoping to get good quality programming into this and really start developing this and making use of the facilities we got not only for our students, but for people in this community,” said Phillip Peters, Kern High School District’s Board President.

The pool is set to open next summer but before that can happen, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held Thursday afternoon to celebrate.

The pool will be located at 7301 Old River Road, at the southwest corner of Old River and Berkshire Roads.

KHSD shared the following facts about the pool:

· High quality stainless steel pool design and fabrication by Myrtha
· Olympic-size swimming pool
· Diving and warm-up pool
· State-of-the-art timing system and scoreboard
· Lighting to support competitive nighttime events
· Large classroom (970 sq. ft.) for instruction and meetings
· Stadium Seating for 805 spectators
· Large grass area (18,126 sq. ft.) for team encampments

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