What do you do on a rainy day, or when it’s too cold to swim in Lake Wylie? You are about to have a new option. Gaston County is building an aquatic center coming to the town of Dallas on highway 321. This has been in the works since 2016, and is finally underway. The site is located right behind the Ingles Market, and right beside Carr Elementary School. This puts it just 30 minutes away from the Buster Boyd Bridge.
The plan for the aquatic center covers 34,000 square feet of space. Included in the plan is a 50-meter pool, a warm water programming pool with zero degree entry for classes, therapy, and aquatic safety instruction. There will be spectator seating for over 1,200 people, clinical rooms, a weight room, and a hospitality suite.
The mission of Gaston Aquatics is to improve the health of the region by providing swimming instruction for all children and adults of all socio-economic levels. Death by drowning is totally preventable with correct training. In addition, they want to offer adaptive aquatics for differently-abled people, provide pool space for medially-focused rehabilitation, and provide programming for veterans as well. Rescue training will be available to train new lifeguards. In addition, there will be competitive swim teams and individual competition swimming for regional and national competitions. The aquatic center is intending to be a place of great determination, and hopefully victories great and small.
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