A wall of shimmering, glittering glass fish swarming a Sea King mascot could help fund new locker rooms for the Marian Bergeson Aquatic Center on the Corona del Mar High School campus.
The $1-million project would replace dilapidated restrooms with 3,000 square feet of locker rooms and would be the final improvement to the aquatic center, which was built in 1990, said Angela Kraus, a parent volunteer who spoke to the CdMHS PTA on Wednesday morning. Other improvements have included adding a scoreboard, shade structure and snack bar.
"Every item on our wish list has been completed except a locker room," she said.
Currently, swimmers have only two cold showers and restrooms that she said were a step above portapotties.
"You see a lot of deck changes by boys on visiting teams," Kraus said.
Girls have to change behind makeshift curtains.
The aquatic center was built with funds from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and city of Newport Beach, and it's operated by a joint agreement between the district and the city. Kraus said the locker room project, which would add changing rooms for boys and girls as well as 10 showers and 76 lockers per room, would cost slightly more than $1 million.