Monday's open house at the new Powell Aquatic Center marked the culmination of years of dreaming and planning on the part of city officials, community members and other local organizations.
The aquatic center — with its continuous river and competition and leisure pools — will offer recreation opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and interests. Competitive swimming, lessons for youngsters, injury rehabilitation and general fitness are just a few of the possibilities the aquatic center brings to the community.
While the bulk of the pool construction — as well as a significant operations endowment — was funded by a county-wide capital facilities tax, ongoing support is necessary. Yearly memberships are available for individuals and families, and membership fees will help the facility remain solvent.
Quality recreation facilities are attractive features for people, young and old, looking to relocate to a community. They also go a long way toward keeping families here.
Though the pool has stirred up controversy and has been met with conflicting views, its opening signifies a new beginning.
The new aquatic center will be a positive for this community for years to come.