The design for the new Leitchfield Aquatic Center was presented to and approved by the City Tourism Commission at the regularly scheduled February 26 meeting.
Alison Baker, an architectural intern from the Lexington firm Murphy + Graves, presented the design for the aquatic center’s layout to the Tourism Commission.
According to Tourism Commission Director Ilsa Johnson, the new aquatic center will feature two slides, a 250-feet-long lazy river, a diving well, three 75-feet-long laplanes, a zero-depth entry pool with a play structure in the middle, two party pavilions, and a seperate tot pool.
Johnson said the project started a year ago and was originally intended to be indoors; however, after the yearly budget proved an indoor aquatic center would be too costly, the Commission decided to make the center an outdoor facility.
After a number of interviews with various firms were conducted, Murphy + Graves Architects were selected, she said.
A meeting was held with Murphy + Graves last week to select the final design for the aquatic center, and the chosen design was presented to the City Tourism Commission, Johnson said.
The aquatic center is planned to be located next to the future Elizabethtown Community and Technical College campus, according to Baker.
Johnson said a date for construction has not yet been set; although the project is intended to be completed by May 2014.
During the meeting, the Tourism Commission also discussed District Commissioner of Baseball Jose Soto’s idea to build a multi-purpose recreational center that would be attached to the James D. Beville Community Park Softball Field.
Soto presented the proposed measurements and locations of the park add-ons and discussed how, in addition to hosting currently offered sports, they could be used to bring new sports into the community that currently are not available, including kickball, putt-putt golf, and disc golf.
Soto said the project has been in the works since 2009, and thanks to the efforts of area resident Theresa Armstrong, has neared the construction stages.
Soto said costs and construction dates have yet to be determined, but he hopes the project will begin this year.
In other business:
- President of the Fair Board Rick Embry addressed the Tourism Commission to request a $2,000 grant to fnnd the costs of this year’s Labor Day Parade. Embry said that previously, the parade had been funded entirely by the Fair Board, but due to the excessive cost of restrooms at last year’s fair, additional funds would be needed.
- The Freedom and Fiddling Festivals have been scheduled for July 20.