Officials break ground on Henrico Aquatics Center


HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Officials from Henrico and YMCA Richmond gathered Tuesday morning to break ground on the indoor aquatics center in eastern Henrico County.

The Henrico Aquatics Center aims to provide equitable access to swimming and to drown-proof the community.

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The $10 million, 20,000-square-foot facility will be built on a 6-acre property just east of the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, behind the Henrico Health Department East Clinic on North Laburnum Avenue. 

The two-pool facility, announced in November 2018, will provide swimming lessons, special needs classes, and rehabilitation services.

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It will also accommodate practice for Henrico high schools, youth summer camps and ensure community access to swim lessons.

YMCA Richmond plans to expand it’s ‘Learn to Swim’ campaign, to provide free swim lessons to 2nd graders at Title 1 schools.

The facility will have means-based membership rates as well as daily rates. The grand opening is expected to happen in early 2020.

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