C. V. Starr Center – Pools, Pooches, and Fitness


There are few places in California that can brag about a recreation center the size and scope of Fort Bragg’s C.V. Starr / Spath Aquatic Center. There is an eight-lane pool, workout areas, fitness equipment, water slides, and meeting rooms for community events and group gatherings.

Opened in 2009, the C.V. Starr Center is a destination for families, couples and singles to swim, workout, or take classes in everything from pilates to kayaking.

Yes, you read that right: Fort Bragg’s own Jeff Laxier and Cate Hawthorne of Liquid Fusion Kayaking give lessons in the “lazy” moving river all under the C.V. Starr roof. But there’s more, including after-school classes for kids and swim lessons for adults.

Just outside the building are picnic benches, a dog park and a skateboard park and a petanque court.

Register for Swim Lessons at the C.V. Starr Center
The C.V. Starr Community Center/Sigrid & Harry Spath Aquatic Facility will be offering a two-week
session (10 classes) of youth swim lessons for all ability levels before the start of school.

The half-hour classes will be on weekdays beginning Monday, August 6 and ending Friday,
August 17. The registration fee is $50. Classes are offered during the day and in the early
evenings for parent/child, preschool (age 3-5), and Levels 1 – 5.

A four-week session of Saturday swim classes (4 classes) will also be offered during the month of
August, starting on August 4 and ending on August 25. Half-hour lessons will be offered for Levels
1-3, power-freestyle/back stroke class, and adults. The registration fee is $25.

To obtain more information regarding swim lessons, the schedule, and other programs, please
call the C.V. Starr Center at 707-964-9446, visit www.starrcenter.net, or drop by the Center at
300 South Lincoln Street in Fort Bragg.

The highlight of the center has to be the ‘natatorium’ with not one, but two indoor pools. You can swim laps, float or walk the running river, play in the warm beach-entry pool, or scoot down the triple-twist water slide.

Said one visitor: “We just came back from our annual Fort Bragg/Mendo Coast visit and had the chance to
check out the center. It’s awesome! …”


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C.V. Starr Center
300 S. Lincoln St.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (707) 964-9446

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