YMCA, Henrico Co. to break ground on new aquatics center

YMCA, Henrico Co. to break ground on new aquatics center

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The YMCA of Greater Richmond along with Henrico County will break ground on a brand-new aquatics center on May 14.

The 21,000-square-foot indoor aquatics center will be located next to the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center on Laburnum Avenue near Watts Lane.

In February, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the $10 million facility to ensure the community has access to swim lessons, health and wellness opportunities, and family swim nights for Henrico residents.

(Source: Henrico County Parks and Recreation)
(Source: Henrico County Parks and Recreation)

“When we opened the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center eight years ago, we dreamed of someday adding an indoor pool for swimming and family fun,” said Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton, who represents the North Laburnum corridor.

The aquatics center will be built, managed and operated by the YMCA of Greater Richmond and is expected to open in early 2020 on a 6-acre site.

As part of the agreement with the YMCA of Greater Richmond, Henrico will contribute $8 million to building the facility.

“I’m thrilled that we found a great partner in the YMCA of Greater Richmond to help us bring that vision to reality,” Thornton said. “The aquatics center will strengthen our community and help our youth grow in body, mind and spirit, because knowing how to swim and being comfortable in the water are critical to every person’s success in life.”

The groundbreaking will take place Tues., May 14 at 11:30 a.m. Leaders with the Greater Richmond YMCA and Henrico County will be in attendance for the event.

There will be an eight-lane, 25-yard pool and a warm-water instructional pool, a family spray area, a waterslide, locker rooms, retractable spectator seating and parking.

The center will also offer swim lessons, host practices and meets for Henrico high school swim teams and be available for use by Henrico’s youth summer camps and community groups.

This was the first major project in Henrico County’s mission to make sure all residents know how to swim. In March, the County announced a partnership with NOVA Swimming to build an indoor aquatics center at the old Macy’s store at Regency Square.

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