When La Cañada High Schools boys' water polo team practices each day, they can't help but admire the handiwork of team mom, Shelley Buck.
La Cañada High's pool has undergone a complete facelift. All the restorations were completed on Thursday when new letters, which read "La Cañada Spartans," were hung above the pool on Oct. 14.
"This is all water polo parents," Buck said. "We have had a history of great water polo teams and [the pool] was kind of rundown and it was time for us to put some energy into it."
Before the new letters were updated, the pool's once bare, stained walls got a fresh, colorful coat of paint, the goals, team banners and scorer's table were replaced and a snack shack was installed to continue to raise money for the program.
The total cost of the updates was $14,500 although their value is an estimated $40,000 to $50,000, factoring in the cost of labor. Buck made it all happen on a much smaller budget, though. She hired a muralist to do some freelance work on a unique payment method. He received some money as well as room and board, career training and advice from Buck's husband (an artist for Disney) as compensation.