Community Centers In Hilltop And Linden Are Undergoing A $13 Million Upgrades To Their Aquatics Centers

Community centers in Hilltop and Linden are going to be getting some huge upgrades to their aquatics facilities.

Mayor Ginther announced this week that $13 million will be dedicated to improve the aquatics facilities at Glenwood and Windsor community centers. Funds for the improvements include $1 million for project design from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program and $12 million for construction which will come from the 2021 Capital Improvements budget.

Construction is expected to begin at both sites in fall 2022.

“Our commitment to improving these facilities represents our broader commitment to investing in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Ginther said. “By providing newer, better and safer recreational spaces for our residents to enjoy, we are meeting the evolving needs of a growing community while laying the foundation for healthy habits and behaviors that will last a lifetime.”

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD) oversees several aquatics facilities throughout the city, including 8 outdoor pools, one indoor pool, and seven spray parks. Over the next few years, CRPD plans to make some huge improvements at various facilities. Right now, they are currently assessing the Aquatics Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP) and asking for public input regarding existing and future opportunities at city pools. Those opportunities could include full replacement, infrastructure upgrades and expansion, additional accessibility features, shelter areas, and more.

“Our pools offer a place for kids and families to keep cool, connect with each other and have fun in the summer,” said Paul Rakosky, interim CRPD director. “Continually investing in our facilities is part of our commitment to building and maintaining the best possible parks system. The improvements to the Glenwood and Windsor pools are the first in a long series of planned improvements to our aquatics facilities, and we look forward to engaging the community throughout this process.”

If you’d like to learn more about these upcoming projects or offer some input for the ACIP, you can visit columbusaquatics.org.

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