That’s the message from Delaware City Council who have given the green light for plans to construct a new Aquatics center to be the home of the competitive swimmers and divers at Ohio Wesleyan University who are located in historic Delaware Ohio.
Final development plans for the OWU Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center were approved by the Delaware planning commission at its meeting March 4th. The 24,300-square-foot building will go on an 8.5 acre site. The total cost is estimated to be around $6 million for the building. The University has received two federal grants, totaling $1.1-million, for that portion of the project. These grants come with strings attached, one of which details that OWU must use it as an educational tool for students and the community. Meaning that local residents will benefit from the facility too.
The new center will replace the Pfeiffer Natatorium connected to Edwards Gym. The old building will remain in place but will not be used as a pool. The new pool will have 10, 25-yard lanes and 10, 25-meter lanes as well as one- and three-meter diving wells. Classrooms and offices also will be housed in the building.
All very exciting news. However, before you get your bathing suit out, the pool is expected to be open in fall 2010 which is over a year away. This story and the construction will be watched with a lot of interest.
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