Public invited to get first look at Columbus Aquatic Center Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m.

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 2, 2013 

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect the correct date of the grand opening.

City leaders will cut the ribbon on the new City Service Center and parking deck and give the public a first look at the $10 million Columbus Aquatic Center at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

It's been almost two years since ground was broken on the $32 million municipal project, paid for with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.

The 57,000-square-foot indoor swimming center features two pools, a 25-by-50-meter competition pool that has two one-meter and one three-meter diving boards and a 25-by-25-meter pool that will be used for swimmers to warm up and cool down and for exercise and physical therapy sessions.

The competition pool, which is 13 feet deep at the diving end, holds about 680,000 gallons of water.

The viewing gallery has seating for 900 people, who will be able to follow results on an LED scoreboard that's about 10 feet high and 17 feet wide.

Next door, the $12 million City Service Center has been open and in operation for a few weeks, but it will be officially presented to the public today.

The 63,794-square-foot, two-story building houses the city's 311 Citizen Service Center, CCG-TV, elections and registration, tax assessor, tax commissioner, parks and recreation and finance departments along with Columbus Council's chambers.

The $5 million, three-tier parking deck has 370 parking spaces for the public and the office building's 120 employees. There is no charge for parking.

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