AQUATIC CENTER GETS STUDY

by Gair on November 14, 2013

CONWAY COULD ALSO BECOME KNOWN AS A SWIM TOWN – AND NOT JUST A SKI TOWN – IF A COMMUNITY AQUATIC CENTER IS BUILT HERE.

THAT’S WHAT MAURY McKINNEY SAYS – HE’S THE AQUATICS DIRECTOR AT THE WHITE MOUNTAIN AQUATIC CENTER.

McKINNEY SAYS HE’S PLEASED WITH THE TURNOUT TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE RED JACKET HOTEL IN NORTH CONWAY WHERE A ST. LOUIS BASED POOL DESIGN FIRM HIRED BY THE WHITE MOUNTAIN AQUATIC FOUNDATION PRESENTED OPTIONS FOR BUILDING AN AQUATIC CENTER IN THE VALLEY.

McKINNEY SAYS THE FEASIBILITY STUDY CONSIDERS MANY FACTORS AND OPPORTUNITIES – INCLUDING POSSIBLE “GREEN” INITIATIVES TO REDUCE COST AND INCREASE SUSTAINABILITY AND OTHER FACILITIES THAT HAVE BEEN BUILT IN THE REGION – IN ORDER TO ENGAGE ALL AGE GROUPS OF DIFFERENT ABILITIES, DISABILITIES AND MOBILITY ISSUES IN AN AQUATIC PROGRAM.

THE IDEAL SET-UP AND THE FOUNDATION’S MISSION – IS TO BUILD 3 SWIMMING POOLS THAT WILL ACCOMMODATE DIFFERENT SWIM GROUPS DOING DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES IN WATER OF DIFFERENT TEMPERATURES, INCLUDING FAMILY SWIMMING, LAP SWIMMING, REHABILITATION AND WATER SAFETY PROGRAMS.

THAT OPTION WOULD COST $14 MILLION TO BUILD, NOT INCLUDING THE COST OF THE LAND IT WOULD SIT ON – AND TAXES. McKINNEY SAYS THE PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED TUESDAY’S MEETING HAVE A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT THE FUNDRAISING EFFORT WILL BE LIKE.

THE FEASIBILITY STUDY INCLUDES OPTIONS FOR ONE, TWO OR THREE POOLS. THE PROJECT WILL BE PRIVATELY FUNDED.
McKINNEY SAYS THE FOUNDATION’S BOARD WILL NOW MOVE FORWARD TO ADDRESS QUESTIONS RAISED BY AUDIENCE MEMBERS AS IT COLLABORATES WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS AND LANDOWNERS TO CONSIDER POSSIBLE LOCATIONS FOR THE AQUATIC CENTER.

THE WHITE MOUNTAIN AQUATIC CENTER CURRENTLY USES AN INDOOR POOL FOR VARIOUS CLASSES AT THE NEW ENGLAND INN IN INTERVALE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.whitemountainaquatic.com.

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