Community Swimming Pools Receiving Makeovers

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, May. 27, 2013 12:00 am  

The second phase of the project includes an indoor pool scheduled to open in September. It features an eight-lane competitive pool and a therapeutic pool.

The city passed a 1 percent sales tax in 2011 to pay for the center, said Tom Cogan, Clarksville Parks & Recreation director.

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The Rogers Aquatics Center, which opened Saturday, was paid for with a 2011 bond issue, said Suzy Turek, the Rogers Aquatics Center manager. The bond will be repaid with revenue from a 1 percent sales tax.

The 3-acre park features 750,000 gallons of water and speed slides, a lazy river, a rock-climbing wall and pools for competitive swimming, families and for small children.

The general contractor was Flintco LLC of Tulsa, which completed the project in 18 months.

Turek said the seasonal cost to operate the park is $500,000. But she said it’s a way to generate tax revenue by luring tourists to the city.

Meanwhile, the city of Fort Smith and Sebastian County are ironing out the final details of an aquatic park that will be built in Ben Geren Park.

“We’re in the process of deciding how we’re going to build it, with a construction manager or with a general contractor,” said Sebastian County Judge David Hudson.

Hudson said the county’s pool closed in 2004 after nearly 40 years of service. Residents, surveyed about what they wanted in a new swimming facility, answered with a water park.

The county and the city will split the construction cost of the park, Hudson said. The park will feature a zero-entry pool, play areas for children of all ages, a lazy river and several slides.

“It provides more recreation opportunities to the citizens and all the different age groups,” Hudson said.



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