When the Cumming Aquatic Center opens its doors to the public on Monday, it will be unlike anything the city has ever seen before.
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to take the family to a modern aquatic facility, or to be involved in a competitive swimming program, then you have some idea of what the new facility on Pilgrim Mill Road can mean for the community.
If not, you may be in for a surprise.
This is going to be something big, something grand, something special.
After allowing public tours last week, the aquatic center officially opens on Monday with free admission throughout the day. We think the people of the city and county will be amazed at what they find upon visiting the facility.
The $15 million complex includes a children’s water park complete with lazy river and water slide, an outdoor pool for leisure swimming, an indoor instructional pool and a 10-lane competition pool for use by area swim teams.
Competitive swimming has become an extremely popular sport in the area, and having a local facility for training and events will be major boon. In addition to the convenience of having a local pool for competition and practice, the center will provide an economic boost to the city as well when it hosts competitive swimmers from other areas. No longer will local swimmers have to travel to other counties to practice and compete.
That such a facility now exists on Pilgrim Mill Road, not far from where the city’s old, traditional pool was located, is a tribute to foresight and progressive leadership by city officials, as well as the financial support of sales tax dollars collected in the county.
The aquatic center is part of a 70-acre development in Cumming that will one day include a campus for North Georgia College & State University, a drivers’ services facility and a National Guard Armory, making it a multi-use location that will meet the needs of many local residents.
We expect the new water complex to become hugely popular overnight. Given the city’s success in management of other venues, like the fairgrounds and playhouse, we feel certain this will be another top-notch operation in which residents of both the city and county will be able to take pride.