Grand Opening, Open House for NB Junior Lifeguard Building tomorrow

On Wednesday, June 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the City of Newport Beach will host a community celebration and open house for the highly anticipated Junior Lifeguard Building. Elected officials will gather for a short ceremony and ribbon cutting. After the ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m., community members will be invited to tour the new facility and meet with lifeguard staff. The donor wall recognizing those who supported the building will be unveiled.

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The 5,400-square-foot facility will be the first permanent home for the popular Junior Lifeguard Program

The 5,400-square-foot facility will be the first permanent home for the popular Junior Lifeguard Program, which has operated out of temporary trailers for decades.

The $7.8 million building was funded through a public-private partnership between the city and the Newport Beach Lifeguard Foundation, using federal funds received by the city through the American Rescue Plan Act ($5.2 million) and private donations to the Foundation ($2.051 million).

The facility includes administrative and event space, expanded storage, locker rooms and private and public restrooms. Construction included improvements to Parking Lot A such as electric vehicle charging stations.

The Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard program, established in 1984, is one of the city’s most popular youth education programs, employing about 60 instructors and averaging 1,400 participants each summer. The seven-week program operates from late June through early August.

The new building will be available for public rentals during the off season.

The Junior Lifeguard Building is located at 901 E. Ocean Front near the Balboa Pier. Parking is available in Lot A near the Pier. For more information, visit https://nbjg.net.


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