City and County Officials took a guided tour of Leitchfield Aquatic Center on Tuesday, Feb. 25, courtesy of the Alliance Corporation of Builders and Managers.
The Leitchfield Tourism Commission, Grayson County Tourism, Leitchfield City Council members, and Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason visited the aquatic center construction site on Tuesday morning to take a look at the construction progress.
Lea King, the business development and public relations officer for the Alliance Corp., led the tour and showed the locations of the different features of Leitchfield Aquatic Center, including the lazy river and central facility.
“It looks good,” said Leitchfield Tourism Commissioner Ryan Bratcher. “It’ll be interesting to see the new slides.”
Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson said she was excited to see the project come to fruition after many months spent planning.
“I’m excited,” Johnson said. “It’s good to see something solid. Now I just want to see water in it.”
Thomason said he feels Leitchfield Aquatic Center will be a benefit not just to local tourism but also to the local economy.
Plant managers looking to move their industries and, consequently, their families to Leitchfield will look for tourist attractions like the aquatic center when considering the move, Thomason said.
Leitchfield Aquatic Center will also provide jobs for local youth during the summertime, as well, via lifeguard and concessions positions, Thomason said.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Thomason said. “It’s going to be great.”
Thomason also said that when considering the cost of taking a family to other nearby attractions, such as Holiday World, to attend Leitchfield Aquatic Center will save community members a great deal.
Johnson said while official admission costs have not yet be approved, the tentative cost of admission for the aquatic center will be $7 for adults and a reduced price for children.
Johnson also said that the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center physical therapy staff had approached her with a request to use the aquatic center’s lazy river for up to an hour a day to help rehabilitate patients.
Were the request from TLRMC approved, it could provide even more revenue for the center, Thomason said.
Leitchfield Aquatic Center, located on E. Carroll Gibson Blvd., is currently scheduled to open this summer.