After two years of raising funds for an Olympic-size pool, Oxnard High School boosters and district trustees have broken ground to mark the beginning of construction of the swim facility.
"This is a milestone in the community," school board President Jean Daily-Underwood said.
The two-year effort between the community and school district to raise funds included holding bake sales, selling beer at the Strawberry Festival, staffing booths at boating events and peddling T-shirts.
The project includes a 25-yard by 50-meter pool, with a high dive and two low diving boards, and a locker-restroom facility.
The pool is designed to meet instructional, competition and recreational needs. It will be open to the public when the school is not using it.
The pool--behind the gymnasium of the Gonzales Road high school--is scheduled to open in August.
Pool boosters raised $166,000, but their contribution fell far short of the estimated $1.2-million cost of the pool. Instead, most of the money will come from developers' fees.
The district has collected $600,000 in such fees already and anticipates $500,000 more by the end of the school year.