Friday, November 16, 2007

Renaming of Jackie Tatum Recreation Center
Pool and Bathhouse Groundbreaking

Los Angeles - The Department of Recreation and Parks renamed the Harvard Recreation Center in honor of former General Manager Jackie Tatum on Saturday, November 3, 2007. The festivities also included a Groundbreaking Ceremony for a new pool and bathhouse at the South Los Angeles facility.

Jackie Tatum is a former City of Los Angeles employee with 43 years of service. Ms. Tatum was appointed in 1992 as the first woman and African-American General Manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks. She started her career as a Recreation Assistant, worked as a Director at Harvard and other Recreation Centers. Prior to serving as General Manager, she was Assistant General Manager for the Valley Region.

The new pool and bathhouse project will include a 3,400 square-foot traditional swimming pool and a 2,600 square-foot activity pool with zero depth entry. The family aquatic center will also feature play equipment and water slide, a life guard station, first aid room, ADA accessible restrooms, storage, mechanical and filter rooms (a 210 square- foot changing room and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts). The $5.635 million project is funded by Prop. 40 and Kaiser Foundation (Kaiser provided the funding for the water slide as part of Operation Splash.

Jane Kolb: (213) 928-9294, or cell, (323) 816-6712

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