Kingsport in design phase of $2 million Aquatic Center expansion


KINGSPORT’S OUTDOOR WATER PARK IS EXPECTING PACKED CROWDS THIS SUMMER…AS FAMILIES FIND A WAY TO BEAT THE HEAT. IN ORDER TO KEEP CUSTOMERS SATISFIED, THE KINGSPORT AQUATIC CENTER IS UNVEILING DESIGN PLANS FOR A TWO MILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION TO THE FACILITY. ELIZABETH KUEBEL GOT A LOOK AT THOSE PRELIMINARY PLANS TODAY – THAT CITY STAFF SAY ARE NECESSARY TO KEEP UP WITH THE CENTER’S GROWTH. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT KINGSPORT STAFF HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR MONTHS — THEY’RE IN THE DESIGN PHASE RIGHT NOW – FOR THE FIRST MAJOR EXPANSION COMING TO THE KINGSPORT AQUATIC CENTER – SINCE THE FACILITY OPENED FIVE YEARS AGO, IN MAY 20-13. WITH SCHOOL OUT — AND THE SUMMER HEAT COMING IN — THIS IS A PLACE – SURE TO BE PACKED- OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS – WE’RE HOPING THIS SUMMER TO GET TO COME A LOT MORE SINCE WE’VE GOT SUCH A DIVERSE GROUP AND WHILE DONNA HURLEY’S FAMILY ALREADY HAS AN AQUATIC CENTER FAVORITE – THE LAZY RIVER THEY’RE ALL EXCITED ABOUT FLOATING DOWN THE CITY OF KINGSPORT IS MOVING FORWARD – WITH PLANS TO EXPAND. 32:54 WE STARTED THE PROCESS BACK IN NOVEMBER. WE ARE WELL INTO THE DESIGN PHASE GETTING INTO THE FINAL DETAILS OF DESIGN SHOW NEW PRELIMINARY RENDERING A BIG FEATURE OF THE PLAN AS IT STANDS NOW — A NEW OUTDOOR POOL… GIVING PEOPLE A PLACE TO SWIM LAPS OUTSIDE. 41″20 THE NEW POOL AREA WILL BE LOCATED IN THIS GRASSY AREA RIGHT HERE 33:30 THIS WILL BE A 5 AND A HALF TO 6 FOOT POOL ON THE DEEP END AS WELL AS OFFER SOME LAP LANES ((AIKEN GRAPHIC: BUT THAT OUTDOOR POOL ISN’T THE ONLY UPGRADE PLANNED – OTHER IDEAS INCLUDE A COVERED PAVILION TO PROVIDE MORE SHADE OR A PLACE TO THROW BIRTHDAY PARTIES — THE ADDITION OF SOME NEW RESTROOMS AND CHANGING ROOMS — AND MORE OFFICE SPACE FOR STAFF. )) 38:48 THE GROWTH AND POPULARITY HAS GROWN OVER LAST 5 YEARS AND WE’RE TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THAT NEED AND GROWTH IT’S THE FIRST MAJOR UPGRADE COMING TO THE AQUATIC CENTER SINCE IT OPENED BACK IN 20-13 — 36:32 A FACILITY LIKE THIS REALLY NEEDS AN UPDATE EVERY FIVE TO SIX YEARS / 38:34 THIS IS WHAT OUR CUSTOMER AND CITIZEN BASE WANTED AND WE’RE TRYING TO FULFULL THAT NEED AS FOR A TIME FRAME OF WHEN YOU COULD START TO SEE THESE CHANGES – THE CITY SAYS THEY’RE HOPING TO START CONSTRUCTION AFTER SEPTEMBER – WITH A COMPLETION DATE SET FOR MAY 20-19. LIVE IN THE KINGSPORT NEWSROOM. ELIZABETH KUEBEL. NEWS CHANNEL 11 IN YOUR CORNER.

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