HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — There are ‘huge’ plans in the works for Henrico County’s East End — the soon-to-be home of a new aquatic center. 

Construction is set to begin next month in a part of the county currently without a swimming pool. 

The $8 million facility won’t just provide East End residents with a much-needed place to swim, but it will also be open to high school swim teams for practices and meets.

“There’s been a long-standing desire and need to have a pool, particularly in this area of Laburnum, to serve the eastern part of the county,” Henrico County Parks and Rec Director Neil Luther told 8News.

The facility will feature two pools designed for everything from swim lessons to competitions. 

While the county is paying $8 million to build it, the YMCA will run the aquatics center. 

Residents will not need a membership to use the pools. 

“I was excited to hear it was happening,” East End resident Mark Huffman said while working out at the Eastern Henrico Rec Center next door.

“There’s not that many public pools around here, so it would give the community access for kids learning to swim and even adults who don’t know how to swim.”

Jim Davis said he struggled to find a place in the area for his kids to swim. He thinks the pool will be a welcomed resource.

“I’ve grown up here, been here all my life and it’s good that, like I said, we’re kind of at the forefront because swimming is important,” he said. “People are drowning. Kids need lessons They need to learn how to swim so I’m excited.”

The aquatics center will also be a welcomed resource for the county’s high school swim teams, which will be able to use the pools for practices and swim meets.

Construction is slated to start next month and open early next year.

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