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Prosser getting a new state of the art Aquatic Center

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PROSSER, Wash. -- This summer the residents of Prosser will be the proud owners of a brand new aquatic center. After several years of studies, financial planning and design meetings, transformation of the existing pool facility in E.J. Miller park from a 1950's era rectangular lap pool into a state of the art aquatic center is finally underway.

Demolition of portions of the existing facility was completed late in 2010 by William Charles West, General Contractor, of Kennewick. The contract for the construction of the new facility was awarded to T.W. Clark Construction, LLC, of Spokane Valley, WA in December 2010.

Substantial completion of the project is currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, 2011, with the hope of opening the aquatic center officially on Monday, June 10th.

"We're very excited, I believe the community is excited as well. This is where the kids go in the summer time.  There's really not an awful lot for the kids to do besides the boys and girls club that we've recently created as well," says Cathleen Koch, the Deputy City Administrator.
The new aquatic center will bear little resemblance to the old facility. The design of the new facility provided by ALSC Architects of Spokane, WA, was heavily influenced by input from the City Council and city administrative staff members, with a focus on families. Here are examples of a few of the changes from the old facility to the new:
For starters, the new aquatic center will have two pools instead of one. The existing 8 lane, 33 meter pool will be shortened to a standard competition length of 25yards. Although the pool will still feature 8 lanes for competitions, it will also have increased recreational opportunities. The pool will feature a dramatic new 27foot long drop slide, which plunges into 9]feet of water, removable float lines for open swim times, and water basketball and volleyball equipment.

The second pool is designed specifically for recreational use. This pool will include a zero depth "beach" entry, meaning that the concrete deck slopes gradually down into the water, making movement in and out of the water easy for all ages. Other amenities include a full size interactive play structure within the pool, a 100]foot long water slide and other play features. This pool will support multiple opportunities for new programs.

A removable fence will be available to run between the two pools allowing for simultaneous usage during swimming competitions and preventing the City from needing to close the entire facility to the rest of the public.

A brand new bathhouse is being constructed to house changing rooms, showers, lifeguard support spaces, concessions stand and pool mechanical equipment. The old bathhouse will be utilized as needed during swimming competitions and for other storage needs. 

The perimeter fence will encompass not only the pool deck but also the entire northwest corner of the existing park. In addition to the pools themselves, families will enjoy the use of shade structures, picnic tables, bar-b-queues, lounge chairs, and a large expanse of lawn area, all within the confines of the aquatic center.

Accommodations have been included in the project to allow for future expansion, which may include such features as a "lazy river" current channel and an interactive "spray pad".

The construction cost for the project, including demolition and construction, is $2.4 million. In addition to local funding, the city received a $500,000 grant from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO).