Tupelo Aquatic Center on schedule

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Updated: 7/08/2013 7:17 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- After months of construction, the first splash at the new aquatic center in Tupelo is still months away.

Construction is on schedule to be complete in early fall. 

But, at the same time, organizers are counting down the days to close the Rob Leake city pool.

For years, locals have enjoyed fun in the sun at the Rob Leake City pool here in Tupelo.

But that's all about to change.

"We are losing a lot of money at that pool. The cost to run that pool is overwhelming," says Amy Kennedy, with Tupelo Parks and Recreation.

The city pool will close once construction is complete at the Tupelo Aquatic Center which could be sooner rather than later.

Workers are putting the finishing touches on the outside and the inside of the new center.

With 70% completed, Kennedy says along with the competitive pool, there will be a warm water pool for senior aquatics, school children and babies.

The shallow end of the competitive pool will be about 4 1/2 feet deep while the deepest end will reach about 14 feet deep.

The score board is located between the two pools and the spectator seating is located along the wall.

"This is something that can be used year round, every day, by every citizen in the community," adds Kennedy.

The aquatic center will also offer a patio area for those who like to sun bathe.

Officials expect the facility to be complete by mid September.

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