COSTA MESA — A charming path at Costa Mesa High is commonly referred to as "the yellow brick road" by the architects who planned a renovation project. There's no Emerald City at the end, but for most in the school's community they find something just as majestic to them.
It's the Costa Mesa High School Aquatics Center.
The school's "yellow brick road," is a walkway that directs people from near the athletics facilities into the school.
As people enter from the student parking lot, it's easy to notice the new pool. It's a 50-meter Olympic-size pool. It's set to open Nov. 1, fulfilling a dream that's been in place for the past three decades.
A group that included the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education, superintendent, cabinet members, project management people and, yours truly, received an exclusive tour of the aquatics facility Monday afternoon.
A little more than a year ago, the group came to the same area, where there was just a large hole.