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May 24, 2002
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University Place Aqutics Center To Open June 1st
Dedication ceremony set for evening of Thursday, May 30

Mayor Don Wesely announced today that the new University Place Aquatics Center at 2400 North 48th Street will open to the public at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1. The old pool at the same site was built in 1954 and was the city’s oldest public swimming pool in operation.

"We have replaced an outdated pool with a beautiful new Aquatics Center that can be used by people of all ages and abilities," said Mayor Wesely. "I congratulate everyone involved in this project, especially the people of the University Place neighborhood who have long anticipated this major community improvement."

The Aquatics Center will be dedicated at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30. Along with Mayor Wesely, participants will include City Council Member Coleen Seng; Parks and Recreation Department officials and staff; University Place neighbors and business owners; constructors, developers and engineers.

"When the original University Place pool was dedicated 50 years ago, it was called a ‘new trend in recreational development,’" said Lynn Johnson, Director of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. "Now history repeats itself as the University Place Neighborhood welcomes the latest new trend in water fun."

The new Aquatics Center can accommodate 650 swimmers. It features zero-depth entry, water spouts on the sides of the pool, a slide, a sand play area, landscaped lawn areas and family changing rooms. Its hours are 1 to 8 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 6 p.m. weekends.

The Aquatics Center was designed by The Clark Enersen Partners and built by Hank Buis Construction Company. The project cost $2 million and was funded by Keno proceeds.

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