Colorful umbrellas, rows of bright blue lounge chairs and lots of swimming space highlighted Avon’s new Municipal Aquatic Facility opening Sunday evening as Mayor Bryan Jensen and civic officials welcomed guests to a sneak-preview of the beautiful facility.
The new municipal pool officially opens today. It stands within a parcel of 35 acres owned by the city. It is located behind the Avon police and fire stations near the intersection of Detroit Road and Route 83.
“This is for the community,” said Jensen as he welcomed happy swimmers to the long-awaited center. “It is for people who live here and also work here.”
The resource actually consists of four pools: a competition pool with racing lanes and a diving area, a recreation pool, a lazy river pool and splash zone for kids. “It is all right here for our residents,” said Jensen. “You don’t have to drive to Sandusky!”
One of the dignitaries on hand for the grand opening was new Avon Hospital President Dr. Rebecca Starck. Jensen said the funding of the pool, coming from income tax revenues as well as pool fees, brings a two-fold benefit. “We will have the center paid for in three years,” he said. “And people who work in the city and their families can use it.”
The Aquatic Center is the beginning of a civic center on the 35 acre parcel now more easily visualized once inside the spacious grounds. The city plans to build a municipal amphitheater just to the west of the pool among other upcoming improvements.
For now, though, it is all about enjoying the rest of the summer. Last one in is a rotten egg!