The San Ramon Valley High community ushered in a new era for its water sports last week.
Nearly 50 people were in attendance as the Danville high school celebrated the ceremonial grand opening of the revamped campus pool complex March 27, according to San Ramon Valley Unified School District spokesman Terry Koehne.
"The pool opening was a lovely, long-anticipated event," said Denise Jennison, school board vice president. "This complex -- along with the new classroom building, the new gym and the proposed modernizations coming the SRVHS campus -- will provide a benefit to the community for generations to come."
The $3.3 million construction project got underway in January 2012, when work on the new pool started, according to Koehne. The pool -- which meets all current safety and competition standards, unlike its predecessor -- was finished in February 2013.
Construction of a covered entry area and entrance booth, which began in June 2013, wrapped up last December, Koehne said.
The new pool offers 14 standard swimming lanes, space for up to two water polo matches, and 1- and 3-meter diving arrangements.
The original pool, which was originally built in 1952 and required renovations over the years, provided six narrow swimming lanes, a single shallow-water wall water polo course and a 1-meter diving setup -- none of which met current safety or competition standards, according to Koehne.
The pool facility was closed for roughly two years while crews demolished the old pool and built the new one, Koehne said.
The updated complex also features more pool-deck space for spectators and storage, improved lighting, new timers and scoreboards, and an ADA-compliant access, he added.
The town of Danville contributed $500,000 toward the project, which officials said was a key funding component that helped the new pool come to fruition.
"The complex is an asset to our community and a testament to the successful partnership shared between the school district and the town of Danville," Jennison said.
"The partnership and collaboration are the reasons we were able to create such an incredible complex for many generations of families to enjoy," Danville Mayor Robert Storer said. "We certainly have a very unique relationship with the school district, and this continued working relationship are the reasons we are able to make so many good decisions together."
The town's contribution allowed it to receive exclusive use of the pool for eight weeks per year for a variety of classes, from beginners' swimming courses for children to Arthritis Foundation exercise programs, the mayor added.