Hampton Considers Aquatics Center

From the DailyPress.com

Hampton City Council is considering a proposal to build a $31.5 million aquatics center, possibly adjacent to the Hampton Coliseum, that would include a 100,000-square-foot building housing an Olympic-sized pool and a smaller lap pool as well as a kitchen, concession stands and seating for 1,500 spectators.

The idea of an aquatics center has been discussed in Hampton for years, but this is the first time the council or the public has seen so detailed a proposal. City Manager Mary Bunting is urging the council to move quickly on the project lest another locality in the area beat Hampton to the draw.

City staff presented details from a consultant’s report that included two designs — one for a smaller community pool and the larger design backed by city staff.

The facility would likely be located near the Hampton Coliseum and include a leisure pool and splash park on the outside for local recreational use. The project would cost more than $31.5 million and take about four years to build.

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