Aquatic Center

This is the preliminary plan for the Spalding County Aquatic Center.

The Spalding County Board of Commissioners will receive updates on two potential sites for the long-awaited aquatic center.

The Paragon Consulting Group is completing studies that will provide cost estimates for a site on Cowan Road and a site at the Lakes at Green Valley, County Manager William Wilson Jr. said at the board’s Feb. 15 meeting.

A Paragon representative will present the firm’s findings at the board’s March 1 meeting, Wilson said.

The board on Aug. 17 approved a preliminary plan for an aquatic center that will have an eight-lane competition pool and a smaller pool that will be used for therapy and instruction.

The estimated cost of the project is $7.6 million, but the cost will depend on the features of the site that is chosen. A total of $4.7 million was set aside for the project in the 2016 special-purpose, local-option sales tax, Wilson said in August.

He pointed out that the planned aquatic center is “a totally different project” from the project that was included in the 2016 SPLOST.

Plans for the aquatic center that was part of the 2016 SPLOST called for a six-lane competition pool and a building with a retractable cover.

The plan approved Aug. 17 calls for a building with a permanent roof and the addition of a therapy pool.

Paragon Consulting Group President and Principal Engineer Brian Upson told commissioners on Aug 17 that the plan being presented was for a “generic site,” as a location had not been chosen.

In addition to using the money set aside in the 2016 SPLOST, Wilson said in August, the county will be using excess SPLOST collections and “looking for funding partners.”

Wilson said the county “will be cutting it close” as far as coming up with the funding needed to complete the project.