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City seeks swimming proposals
Aquatic center remains on track
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Forsyth County News

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Proposals from swim team organizations will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the city of Cumming Recreation and Parks Department, 410 Pilgrim Mill Road. All inquiries should be directed to Greg Little, recreation director, at (770) 781-2030 or

The Cumming Recreation and Parks Department is looking for proposals from swim team organizations to use the city's new aquatic center.

The $15 million facility, being built on a 70-acre site off Pilgrim Mill Road, is slated to be finished in May.

Greg Little, department director, said gauging interest from swim organizations is "one of the initial steps" in getting the center up and running.

"We want to have a year-round program at the facility, but we can't have 40 different teams of 20 different swimmers," he said, noting that the department likely will accept up to three proposals.

The organizations will provide full-service competitive swimming for all age groups at the center, which will feature a 50-meter competition pool, as well as one for physical therapy and an outdoor leisure pool with a children's play area.

High school swim teams will be handled separately.

Request for proposal packages, which describe the general scope of services and requirements, are available upon request through the department.

Little said the aquatic center is on track to be finished by late May, though it won't open to the public right away.

"After construction is complete, we'll have to have a couple weeks to run the water, cure the pools, have employee training and move furniture, things like that," Little said.

"We're anticipating opening to the public the first week or so of June."

The majority of outdoor construction is complete.

"Most of the big nuts and bolts are in," he said. "It's almost completely closed in. That's been our goal -- get everything closed in so we can keep working regardless of what the weather does.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed for our June opening."