Future Aquatic Center


WITH THE GOAL OF SERVING SOUTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY. NEWSCHANNEL 15’S CHRIS DARBY GOT A LOOK AT DRAWINGS TODAY. HE JOINS US FROM STUDIO 15. THE LARGE FACILITY WOULD BE HOME TO COMPETITIVE SWIMMING AND DIVING, LEARN TO SWIM COURSES AND EVEN PHYSICAL THERAPY. ((“WE HAVE A LOT OF POOLS AND A LOT OF OPTIONS HERE, BUT NOTHING THAT REALLY CENTRALIZES AND MEETS ALL OF THE NEEDS.” A FORMER PARALYMPIC SWIMMER IS LEADING THE CHARGE FOR A NEW SWIMMING FACILITY TO BE BUILT IN SOUTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY… A PLAN IN ITS FIRST STAGES OF FUNDRAISING. “IT WILL TRULY TAKE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER IN ORDER FOR US TO GET THE AQUATIC CENTER BUILT.” SEVERAL GROUPS ARE INVOLVED IN THE CONVERSATIONS AT THIS EARLY STAGE, INCLUDING LEADERS WITH SOUTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY SCHOOLS WHO TAKE PRIDE IN THEIR SWIMMERS, BUT KNOW THEY HAVE A POOL OF THEIR OWN. “AS THEY TALKED WITH US ABOUT THAT AT SOUTHWEST ALLEN. WE WERE INTERESTED IN THAT. OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE OUR OWN NATATORIUM NOW. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT LOGISTICS, IF YOU BUILD THIS WHAT WOULD WE DO WITH OUR NATATORIUM?” THE NEW FACILITY WOULD NOT ONLY SERVICE STUDENTS, BUT ALSO THE SOUTHWEST ALLEN COUNTY SWIM TEAM AND THE COMMUNITY. “THIS IS A GROUP REALLY WE’VE WORKED WITH AS A COMMUNITY FOR YEARS BECAUSE THEY’VE BEEN USING OUR FACILITY WHEN THEY CAN, SO WE’LL CONTINUE THAT RELATIONSHIP AND IF THEY HAVE A STATE OF THE ART FACITLITY GOING UP WITHIN OUR VICINITY WE WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT.” THE NORTHERN INDIANA AQUAITIC CENTER FOUNDATION IS SHARING PELIMINARY DESIGNS WITH NEWSCHANNEL 15 BUT IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE, THEY ARE AN END GOAL, NOT THE FINAL WORD. A LOCATION IS ALSO YET TO BE DETERMINED. “WE KNEW AND HAVE KNOWN FOR A VERY LONG TIME THAT THIS IS A NEED IN THE AREA AND IT’S JUST TIME TO PUSH FORWARD A LITTLE BIT. IF WE DON’T SEEK IT OUT, THEN WE’LL NEVER KNOW IF WE CAN GET IT DONE.”)) IF ALL GOES TO PLAN, WITHOUT ANY DELAYS, THE DOORS TO THE AQUATIC CENTER WOULD OPEN JUNE 2020. IN STUDIO 15, CHRIS DARBY, NEWSCHANNEL 15.

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