Reopening of renovated Florence Aquatic Center one month away

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Just one month from today, the Florence Aquatic Center will re-open for the 2023 season.

This Summer, patrons can visit the newly renovated center that will have a lazy river, zero-entry pool, two spray grounds, spiral and speed slides, concessions, bathhouses and sunbathing areas.

Improvements made to the aquatic center during the offseason include furniture replacements like lounge chairs, sitting chairs, concession umbrellas and lifeguard umbrellas.

Other improvements include lifeguard equipment replacements, motors and sand filter repairs as well as repairs to the octopus slide.

Councilmember Lesley Chambers stated that last year’s revenues for the aquatic center showed record numbers, sparking the motivation for the aquatic center’s return.

“I want to ensure that the city will continue to collaborate with members of the community for advertising for the upcoming season to offset the cost of the aquatic center for taxpayers,” Chambers said.

Earlier this year, councilmembers discussed the total cost for the aquatic center.

“Amid the management contract, capital improvements and expenses including chemicals and water to operate the pool, would be approximately $895,000,” said Mayor Julie Metzger-Aubuchon.

The newly renovated aquatic center is now managed by Swimsafe, Inc. which will be in charge of hiring pool staff such as lifeguards, front desk staff and pool managers.

“The contract with Swimsafe is a one-year contract with extensions of up to five years if the city elects to continue management,” said Eric Hall, Florence public services director. “Swimsafe has always been professional and I am confident with moving forward with Swimsafe as the city’s management group of the aquatic center.”

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Annual memberships are now available for the facility. Charges for daily admissions are also now listed.

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