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New pool a great city asset

Hartselle’s new aquatic center at Sparkman Park is something special, an asset the people of Hartselle and surrounding communities will take pride in and enjoy for many years.

Credit is due to the city’s mayor and city council for deciding several months ago to forgo expensive repair of the old pool and invest in a facility that has the potential to attract a larger number of users.

While the project seemed a bid pricey at $3 million plus early on, the allure of the final product pretty much cancels out that thought.

A recent walk through revealed the new aquatic center is far superior to its predecessor.

For example, its 10,000 sq. ft. main building consists of a large concession area with a complete commercial kitchen, a climate-controlled party room with glass enclosed front and comfortable furnishings and a break room for guards that is glass enclosed and equipped with an emergency shutdown device. Last but certainly not least, there are 36 restrooms, of which 23 are designated for the ladies, with showers and dressing area, in addition to ample storage space.

The pool has a zero entrance, a lazy river, a new water slide, splash pad amenities, regulation Olympic swimming lanes, with walls separating the different areas of the pool equipped with water jets. It’s deck is more than twice as large as the old deck and is equipped to accommodate outside eating.

The pool’s final inspection is scheduled on May 18 and the public will have an opportunity to tour the facility on Fri., May 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. The center will open for the season the following day at 10 a.m.

Family season passes are now being sold at the Civic Center Office.

This new facility has a lot to offer swimmers and non-swimmers alike. A first look is all you’ll need to come away with a sense of community pride.

Best wishes for a successful first season go out to all of those who had a part in bringing this dream to fruition.