SAN PEDRO : City Plans to Upgrade Bathhouse, Aquarium

The Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department will spend $650,000 to renovate the Cabrillo Beach bathhouse and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium over the next year.

At Cabrillo Beach, $400,000 will be spent refurbishing the bathhouse so that it can again be used as a recreational community gathering place.

"The renovation of that facility is also going to make it possible to have some of our educational facilities moved to the bathhouse," said department Director Mike Schaadt.

The bathhouse is located on the original site of the Los Angeles Maritime and Cabrillo museums, built in 1935.

The remaining $250,000 will be spent on the aquarium, with some of the money used to upgrade its life-support system, Schaadt said.

The system cools and filters the 600-gallon kelp-forest tank, which is being expanded to hold 3,000 gallons of water, Schaadt said. The tank recreates marine habitats popular with Southern California scuba divers.

Schaadt said other improvements will be made to holding tanks and new filters and seawater pumps will be purchased. The aquarium's 14-year-old boat will be replaced.

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