Construction back to full speed for Bolivar Park’s reservoir

Construction of the 300-foot long reservoir under Bolivar Park.

The work to build an environmentally-friendly, water conservation project is continuing at Bolivar Park, but so is the fun at Bolivar this summer. As has happened to many construction projects in California this year, heavy winter rains caused some early delays, but work crews have been proceeding at full speed for several months now and are making major progress. The construction project is expected to be finalized by March 2018.

Large mounds of dirt along the Del Amo Boulevard side of Bolivar Park are an indication of the huge 300-foot-long, 20-foot-deep reservoir that has been dug under the park. When completed, Bolivar’s irrigation system will transition from using potable (drinking) water to using non-potable stormwater that is treated and pumped from a nearby flood control channel and then stored in the new reservoir under the park. The Bolivar system will also infiltrate water back down into the aquifer deep beneath Lakewood, replenishing our groundwater supply. Lakewood won special state funding to fully pay for the innovative system—one of the first of its kind.

When completed, Bolivar Park will also receive all-new picnic shelters, an updated irrigation system, and new turf that will completely hide the reservoir underground. During construction, most of Bolivar Park remains open, including the ballfields, swimming pool (during normal summer hours) and the two new playgrounds (including the 75-foot zipline). Here are some of the fun happenings at Bolivar this summer:

  • The pool will open full-time from Saturday, June 17 through Monday, September 4, with recreational swim sessions every day from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.
  • Get more details on pool activities and swim lessons at Bolivar and Mayfair parks at
  • There will be “Family Friday Nights” at McCormick Pool at Bolivar every Friday night from June 22 through August 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The special events—open to Lakewood residents only—will cost just $3 per person and allow families to enjoy evening swim sessions with entertainment.

Be sure to swing by and enjoy Bolivar Park, its playgrounds and the pool this summer. For more information on any of the fun recreational opportunities in Lakewood, call the city recreation staff at 562-866-9771, ext. 2408.