City dives into the construction of a new Garside Pool

As a child, Craig Galati loved splashing around in the city of Las Vegas’ Garside Pool, 300 S. Torrey Pines Drive. Now he’s just as happy to have a hand in that pool’s destruction to make way for a better one.

“It was leaking,” said Galati, principal at LGA, a local architecture firm. “They had to keep putting water in it and adding chemicals to keep it safe to swim in.”

Ward 1 City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian confirmed that the pool was becoming more expensive to run and was becoming less usable.

“They had to shut down the kids’ pool a while back because it was leaking so badly,” she said. “Residents let me know about it right after I was elected. It took more than four years to get it funded, but now it’s almost done.”

Galati designed the pool that is replacing the original Garside Pool, built in 1971. His firm has designed several community centers and pools, including the Skyview Multigenerational Center in North Las Vegas, the Centennial Hills Community Center YMCA and the Desert Breeze Community Center.

“When they built Garside, they were so concerned about caliche that they built it up, so from the street, it was just a big wall,” Galati said. “It was never really attractive. When we were kids, we didn’t care. We hung out there all summer.”

Galati grew up in the neighborhood and said none of his friends’ families could afford pools then.

“It’s going to be a better pool for the neighborhood,” he said. “It’s also going to be cheaper to operate it.”

The new pool is set to include amenities Galati could only have dreamed of as a kid. It will have a shallow area for younger children with splash features. Plans for the pool also include a water slide and a diving board.

“We’re going to have five official-size lap pools so the schools will have a place to practice and compete,” Tarkanian said. “There wasn’t a place to do that anywhere around there. The lap pools will be solar-heated.”

The pool is set to have a paleontology theme and include art and displays of some of the valley’s extinct animals.

“We’ve been working on that with Helen Mortensen of the Protectors of Tule Springs,” Tarkanian said. “There will be an educational aspect to the pool along with the recreation.”

The pool is close to completion and expected to be open for the summer.

“We’re happy with it,” Galati said. “It’s a big change and something that the community needs. It’s also a good infusion of capital into that part of town.”

Contact Paradise/Downtown View reporter F. Andrew Taylor at or 702-380-4532.

Family remembers deceased mother
Family members of Adriann Gallegos remember her. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Camp Broadway teaches kids how to sing and dance
The Smith Center's seventh annual Camp Broadway musical theater program gives 150 kids ages 6-17 an opportunity to learn musical theater skills from industry professionals over a five-day period. Marcus Villagran/ Las Vegas Review-Journal @brokejournalist
Restoring classic Corvettes to perfection
Members of the National Corvette Restorers Society Convention talk about what it takes to earn the NCRS Top Flight Award for a restored Corvette at South Point in Las Vegas on Tuesday July 17, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Watch Ruthless! at Las Vegas Little Theatre
The musical Ruthless! will be playing at Las Vegas Little Theatre from July 13-29. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Cadaver art and sword swallowing at The Dark Arts Market
Curator Erin Emrie talks about her inspiration for The Dark Arts Market at Cornish Pasty Co. in Las Vegas Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
'NO H8' Campaign comes to Las Vegas
Hundreds of locals participate in the NO H8 campaign founded by Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley as a response to Proposition 8, a California ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign has since evolved to represent equal treatment for all. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
What to expect at Station Casinos' Fourth of July celebration
Station Casinos' is hosting its annual 4th of July celebration with Fireworks by Grucci. Fireworks scheduled to go off on Wednesday, July 4 around 9 p.m. at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Star Wars and Golden Knights mashup at downtown art shop
Star Wars and Vegas Golden Knights fans attend the Boba Fett Golden Knight Paint Class at The Bubblegum Gallery in Las Vegas, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Tourists and locals enjoy Independence Day fireworks at Caesars Palace
Hundreds of tourists and locals gaze at the Independence Day fireworks show at Caesars Palace on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Clark County recount votes in commission’s District E primary
Clark County staff begin the recount requested by candidate Marco Hernandez in the democratic primary for the County Commission's District E seat on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Long-running local hip hop producer wants Vegas rappers to shine
Las Vegas Hip Hop producer and co-owner of Digital Insight Recording Studios Tiger Stylz reflects on 30 years of music production in the city. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
"Pawn Stars" fans visit Richard Harrison's memorial at Gold & Silver Pawn
"Pawn Stars" fans from around the world visit the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas following the passing of Richard "Old Man" Harrison on Monday, June 25, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Construction for new 51s ballpark underway
New home of the Las Vegas 51s is planned to be finished by March 2019 in Summerlin according to team president Don Logan. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Underground home was built as Cold War-era hideaway
The underground house at 3970 Spencer Street is one of the valley’s most unusual homes built 26 feet underground in 1978 by Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson, who, planned to survive the end of the world there.
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours takes you where the locals go
Donald Contursi talks about Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, which offers walking tours of restaurants on and off Las Vegas Boulevard with food samples and tidbits of history about the places they visit.
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like