Greenwood is using $10 million in tax-increment financing district money to build and open an aquatic center in Freedom Park. The project includes a lap pool, 600-foot lazy river and water slides. The lazy river will have a bridge and a waterfall. The cost of construction is $7.2 million.
The aquatic center will replace the city pool, which was closed in 2012 due to safety concerns, such as crumbling concrete in the bathhouses.
The city is looking for ways to pay for annual operating expenses, including the costs of lifeguard salaries, water and chemicals, because a pool engineering firm estimated revenue collected at pool park wouldn’t cover $200,000 of expenses each year.
Finding sponsors for parts of the aquatic center, such as the slides, are one of the ways the city is considering to fund operational costs.
Construction began in June, and contractors have dug the pit for the lap pool and begun pouring the foundation for the bathhouses and concession stand. Water pipes were being installed this week.
Workers have nearly completed leveling ground for the parking lot.
Construction workers haven’t started digging pits for other parts of the aquatic center, such as the lazy river.
By Thanksgiving, the aquatic center should look finished from the outside, but work on the interiors of the bathhouses will be done during the winter, project manager John Shell said.