Memorial Park and pool reimagined

2102 S Flower St.

Project description

This project will bring about a complete redesign of the Memorial Park aquatics facility for all to enjoy. To effectively redesign the aquatics facility, the east end of the park will first undergo a master planning exercise to determine the best placement and configuration, to “reimagine Memorial Park”.

Construction period

Following the community meetings, the design process to develop plans and specifications for construction will begin and take approximately one year. Construction targeted to begin Spring 2024, with completion slated for 2026.


The project will be partially funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds. Total construction budget will be determined by the master planning exercise. Total funding available to date to the Aquatic Center is $12,000,000.

Project history

Established in May 1950, Memorial Park is a 16.3-acre city park located in the central-south area of the Santa Ana. The park was dedicated by former Governor Earl Warren as a “living memorial for future generations to honor the heroic lives who carried the battle for democracy”. The community center and pool are both of the original 1956 installation and the time has come for replacement, as routine maintenance and renovations are no longer effective, and the floor plan layout does not meet today’s programming needs

In April 2023, a Request for Proposals (RFP) was released to solicit proposals for Architectural Design Services for a Park Master Plan and new Aquatics Facility at Memorial Park.  Twelve proposals were received, evaluated, and four firms were short listed and invited to an in-person interview. The firm chosen, ELS Architecture + Urban Design and SWA Group, submitted a striking proposal and delivered an impressive interview which showcased a robust, award-winning portfolio outlining their extensive experience designing aquatics facilities for both the private and public sector.

The timeline for the Memorial Park pool design feedback survey has ended.  Results are now being evaluated and considered as we continue during the design phase of the project.

Community planning workshops

To kick off the design process, the City of Santa Ana in partnership with the firm executing this project, ELS Architecture + Urban Design and SWA Group, conducted valuable community workshops:

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