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(Updated: Video) BG City Pool and Water Park opens PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Saturday, 15 June 2013 12:15
A lifeguard (left) keeps an eye on swimmers during the grand opening. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Saturday’s opening of Bowling Green’s new City Pool and Water Park was greeted by warm and sunny weather and lots of eager patrons.
Approximately 200 people were in line and another 50 watched as the facility was dedicated and then opened at noon.
Winners of a raffle for early use of the pool were allowed to enter the complex at 11:15.
"This has been the experience of a lifetime," said BG Parks and Recreation Facilities Coordinator Tim Stubbs. Looking at the line of patrons Stubbs said he wanted to "let them in the pool so that I can take a short vacation." He recalled spending a lot of time around the old pool and hoped the new one will last as long.
Construction of the nearly $4 million facility began last fall after the pool in use for 50 years was demolished. The city had hoped to open the facility June 1 but bad weather slowed the construction.
Voters approved a $3.8 million bond issue in March 2012 to pay for the project. 
"This has been a long journey," Director of Parks and Recreation Michelle Grigore said as she spoke through a bullhorn. "Since 2007 we have been surveying the community holding focus groups and discussing with a citizen committee whether there ought to be a levy. This is a community-driven project," she said.
Grigore thanked a long list of city departments and individuals for their efforts in getting the project finished.
"We also have a dedicated parks and recreation staff. It is a small group of very talented people," she said.
Jodie Anderson, chairperson of the Board of Parks and Recreation, said she saw the ribbon across the entrance as a finish line. She noted some communities have simply closed old pools because they did not have the ability to build new. "As you use this pool take a moment to reflect how fortunate you are to have a facility like this. Many people told us they used the old pool as kids and brought their children and now grandchildren. I hope you can tell that same story."
A sign hanging over the door reads "Thank you Bowling Green voters for making this facility possible."
The complex was designed by Brandstetter-Carroll. Harp Construction Inc. was the general contractor and Astro Pools handled pool construction.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 13:56

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