Valley of the Sun JCC completes aquatics center construction

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane had some fun on July 21, trying out the Valley of the Sun JCC’s new splash pad water cannon to soak our J CEO Stuart Wachs and J Managing Director Kim Subrin--suit and tie, pearl, pumps and all! (Photo by Tressa Toomer/Valley of the Sun JCC)

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane had some fun on July 21, trying out the Valley of the Sun JCC’s new splash pad water cannon to soak The J CEO Stuart Wachs and J Managing Director Kim Subrin–suit and tie, pearl, pumps and all! (Photo by Tressa Toomer/Valley of the Sun JCC)

The Valley of the Sun JCC has opened its new aquatics center featuring two pools, a splash pad and additional outdoor seating.

Phase I opened in mid-May, with the completed renovation of The J’s existing competition-size pool.

The pool added a lap-swim lane for a total of 10, and a new easy-on-skin, suit and eyes filtration system. Phase II opened July 21.

“We wanted to take the opportunity to not just fix the pool, but to create a destination for the community that would encourage people to gather and to lounge with family and friends—to build and strengthen relationships,” said Jonathan Hoffer, J board chair, in a press release. “We are grateful for the leadership and philanthropy of Bill Levine and Jean Grossman, and all the generous donors who made our new aquatics center possible.”

Phase II of The J’s new aquatic center features many amenities, including an activity pool, splash pad and climbing wall.

The activity pool is only 4.5-feet deep, making it ideal for lessons, water aerobics and other water activities, including basketball and volleyball. It is heated to a slightly higher temperature than the competition pool and is a great place for parents to lounge and watch their children on the splash pad.

The 2,500-square-foot splash pad has features for toddlers to teens with fountains, walk-through water hoops, water cannons and a 30-gallon splash tower. A rubberized surface keeps play fun and safe, the release stated.

Valley of the Sun JCC CEO Stuart Wachs and Managing Director Kim Subrin celebrated the opening of phase II of its new aquatics center on June 21 by getting soaked under the water tower on the center’s new splash pad. (photo by Tressa Toomer/Valley of the Sun JCC)

Valley of the Sun JCC CEO Stuart Wachs and Managing Director Kim Subrin celebrated the opening of phase II of its new aquatics center on June 21 by getting soaked under the water tower on the center’s new splash pad. (photo by Tressa Toomer/Valley of the Sun JCC)

Also part of the fun is a five-person, 26-foot, auto-belay climbing tower.

A variety of seating and umbrellas provide plenty of shaded areas to relax and rejuvenate.

The new center provides for The J’s aquatics programs, ranging from lessons for infants as young as six months, to swim team, Masters and water polo.

“The J welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and abilities. We invite everyone to come by for a tour and to see what we have to offer the community, from our 50,000-square-foot fitness center and indoor basketball courts to our award-winning preschool and new aquatics center,” said Kim Subrin, J managing director, in the release.

The Valley of the Sun JCC is located at 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., just south of Sweetwater.

For more information, visit vosjcc.org.

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