City leaders release images of new aquatic center

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – As the city gets ready for a large swim meet this weekend, new images are on display at the Brahan Spring Park Natatorium.

The new city aquatics center will add to the current natatorium. City officials say they have been working on the plan for a decade.

“We’ve got what we think is a really exciting plan that incorporates the present facility and two new pools,” said architect Frank Nola. 

Huntsville_Aquatics_Center_View1“The present facility is very good but it’s 40 years old,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “We’re having problems meeting the demands and lane time that we need.”

The new center will have a therapy pool as well as another built specifically for special needs swimmers.

The project also includes renovations on the current natatorium, which will likely push locker rooms to external trailers at some point in the construction.

The Jim Williams Aquatic Center is set to be demolished, but not until the new center is open for business.

“October of this year we hope to start construction,” said the parks and recreation Huntsville_Aquatics_Center_Floor Plan_smdirector Steve Ivey. “The first phase will be the therapeutic pool.”

The project is expected to be completed by July of 2017.  Plans will be on display for people to see this weekend at the 2015 Rocket City Swim & Dive Meet, scheduled for July 11-13 at the Natatorium. Divers compete Friday and swimmers compete throughout the day Saturday and Sunday.