ChicagoSteve saidEvidently it would make too much sense for urban politicians in Fort Lauderdale.
David_Lauderdale saidSome info from the local paper, Sun Sentinel (disclaimer, I'm an editor there).
Yes it's leaving Fort Lauderdale this year.
The ISHOF needs substantial repairs. Its grandstands were condemned in 2011 and its pools don't meet current competition standards. The city loses more than $1 million a year operating the center, although a new complex would still lose hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
Hall officials were dissatisfied with the space the city allocated them. They felt left out of the planning and its director said the city was relying on an outdated competitive swimming model that wouldn't work without some type of water attraction that appealed to families. The city also refused to subsidize more of the hall's expenses.
So they're leaving for Santa Clara, Calif.
Meanwhile, Fort Lauderdale is planning a new $32 million aquatic center either at the same site (or, potentially, on a different site near Port Everglades).
One of its existing, ground level Olympic-sized pools will now be the front of the redesigned complex, visible to passing traffic. Another 50-meter pool and dive pool will be atop a three-level parking garage. The diving platform would be wide enough to a ccommodate synchronized diving competitions and there has even been consideration of a super-tall platform that could be used for "cliff-diving" style competitions. The complex will also include an indoor training facility for divers.
The top front of the building will be a glass-enclosed banquet facility with vistas to the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.
As with everything in South Florida, it's controversial. The price tag keeps rising. It's still in the design phase.
Thanks for the info, but what I don't get, is why didn't they just combine the ISHOF into the new complex?
Perhaps too much money being thrown at alcohol counseling and other "vital services" in Wilted Manners?
Yikes, that design. It looks pretty on paper, all balanced and shit, but the functionality looks to me bullshit because the dive pool is used way less so it should not be isolated, certainly not isolated and then put out front where it will look abandoned most of the time. Looks like it was designed as an expensive TV studio for filming occasional dive shots, not for actual use.
I swam laps there regularly so somewhat familiar with the place. The nonsense there seemed to me a battle of egos with the Hall making an absolute ass of itself, leveraging until it diminished whatever prestige it once held. Pity. In that battle of ego, they divorced themselves from the community that hosted them for fifty years. I swam there more than 30 of that.
This stupidity has been going on for what like 10 years already. I got so sick of watching them run around for a developer like a chicken without its head for so long that I stopped following the issue. They turned that institution from venerable to pathetic.
As to the description bolded above, that's either nonsense or written incorrectly. The existing front pool currently runs long-wise N to S so the dive pool pictured in the rendering is brand new, not existing. Nor is it shown at street level but up one so traffic would not see the pool but only the towering platform.
My personal feeling is that the Hall should eat seagull and stay put. I have a great deal of gratitude for having had use of the facility for so many years. There were good people there and they even helped me with my mom during her years of Alzheimer's, keeping an eye on her while I did my swims. She loved those pools. Even towards the end of her illness, with just one arm coming out of the water as she started confusing her strokes, and then watching what used to be one of the most graceful strokes I've seen turn into doggy paddling 50 meters across and she'd do a few of those lengths each swim with the guards knowing to keep watch. And then that one day when I found her sitting on the edge and I swam over to her, asked what's wrong and she said "I just can't do this anymore."
We used to watch dive competitions together. And it was wonderful to watch the diving (the events of which diminished over the years) while taking a breather at that far wall when long lanes where kept open during events. I used to love those pools. My mom loved it there too. Just the way it was. I still hope they stay.