For more than six years, Ward 1 Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian harbored a vision of a new pool facility where the many families in the Ward 1/Garside community could gather together for fun and fellowship, as well as a welcome break from the scorching desert summers. Finally, a financial agreement with the City of Las Vegas was reached to fund the new construction in exchange for including public city access to the future facility.
The existing pool at Garside Junior High School was originally built in 1971, and was in desperate need of an update for use both by its parent school and as a community recreation area.
The previous groundwork laid by Tarkanian had already garnered a high level of public interest and city staff involvement, but the details of the design remained elusive. LGA was asked to step in and help.
Several years of thoughts, approaches, iterations, phasing and planning had already been invested by the time LGA joined the project. However, LGA felt immediately at home working with Garside, since both LGA President Craig Galati and City of Las Vegas Project Manager Mike Vlaovich attended Garside Junior High themselves.