Members of the community including mayors, county commissioners and those directly involved in the design and construction of the aquatic center gathered off Gresham Parkway to break ground this afternoon.
The $15.7 million recreational center is slated to open spring 2013.
The complex off Sixes Road will be comprised of a 48,000 indoor facility, and an 18,000 square foot outdoor leisure pool and deck area. The center will include an indoor 50-meter competition pool with spectator seating for 700; an indoor 25-yard recreational pool with warmer water for therapy, exercise and instruction; two indoor poolside classrooms and party rooms; a spacious lobby; and seating areas with pool overlook. The outdoor leisure pool will include features such as an aquatic play structure, water cannons, a zero-depth entry area with geysers and deck sprays, a current channel and basketball hoops. A concession stand, generous locker rooms and family restrooms will serve both the indoor and outdoor facilities.
The facility will have five full-time employees, as well as part-time staff, such as lifeguards and water safety instructors.