Too pool for school: Aquatics Center reopens
The Aquatics Center, located in North Lake Village, has re-opened on June 1 after being closed for the last eight months.
Vice President of Administrative Services and Finance, Steve Magiera, cautiously announced the date to Eagle News, explaining that “it won’t be done until it’s done.” However, Magiera was optimistic that it will be open on time.
“We spent a little more money on the pools than was originally planned,” he said. “We wanted to make it as clean as possible and to make everything last for a number of years. We made numerous decisions, repairs and cosmetic changes.”
In the past six months, the Aquatics Center has undergone comprehensive procedures resulting in many replacements. The pools now have two renovated main pipes, new water vacuums and brand new linings that cost the university a total of $275 thousand .
The most noticeable modification that students will find upon the pool’s re-opening will be the change in the 50-meter pool’s orientation. To create more lanes, the pool was rebuilt to face the opposite direction, allowing more swimmers to do laps at once.
The majority of the remaining modifications that have not been completed yet are cosmetic. New starting blocks need to be ordered now that more lanes have been added to the lap pool. The pool deck itself will be cleaned and repainted.
The Center was closed this past October, forcing the Florida Gulf Coast University Women’s swim team to practice at LA Fitness and the Women’s Water Polo Club to cancel its season.
The swim team is now able to hold practices on FGCU’s campus again and students are be able to use the facilities for free upon presentation of the Eagle ID card.