Commissioners today approved a major renovation of the 15-year-old Bogan Park Aquatic Center. The project includes new roof panels, new HVAC and filtration systems and locker room renovations to improve operational and energy efficiencies.
The aquatic center provides year-round recreational swim opportunities for all ages and includes two indoor swimming pools – a competition pool used for swimming lessons, lap swimming and swim/dive teams and a family leisure pool consisting of a water playground, lazy river and water slide.
Funding for the renovation project comes from the 2005 SPLOST program. The $3.15 million contract was awarded to low bidder Bryson Construction Inc.
The aquatic center will close in February and reopen in September. Gwinnett’s other indoor aquatic centers at Bethesda Park, Collins Hill Park, Mountain Park and West Gwinnett Park will be open as usual. Pool pass holders can use their passes at any Gwinnett County aquatic facility.
June 14, 2012 11:00am-noon – World’s Largest Swimming Lesson
Be part of this world record attempt and promote drowning prevention! Many facilities all over the world are holding the same swimming lesson at the same time! Help us break the record and get a world record breaker certificate. Age 6-up, $3/Gwinnett residents, $6/non-Gwinnett residents; pre-registration required, call 678.924.6334. For more information visit www.wlsl.org. Bethesda Park Aquatic Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville. Register online at www.gwinnettparks.com. Code: BTAC21800
GCPR has a number of summer events planned to promote water safety.
Bethesda Park Aquatic Center will be a host location for the 2012 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on June 14 from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost for this event is $3/person for Gwinnett County residents and $6 for non-residents. This world-wide event builds awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim in order to help prevent drowning. On July 7 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center, GCPR will host “Splash and Bash,” where families can learn swim safety tips while enjoying wacky games and prizes. Regular pool admission applies for this event.
GCPR also supports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Pool Safety: Simple Steps Saves Lives campaign, which educates the public about pool safety. The campaign reminds citizens to:
- · Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water
- · Teach children basic water safety tips
- · Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapment
- · Have a telephone close by when you or your family are using a pool or spa
- · If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
- · Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
All GCPR pools are accessible for people with disabilities and offer safe, supervised swimming environment for patrons of all ages. For more information on swim lessons, details about GCPR aquatic centers or other planned events, visit www.gwinnettparks.com.
Underwater Egg Hunt ● April 7
11:00am. A fun twist to your traditional egg hunt! Kids will enjoy the underwater egg hunt, visiting the Easter Bunny, making cool crafts, and doing fun activities. Plus, you can stay and swim! Bring your swimsuit and towel. $6/person Gwinnett Residents, $12/person non-Gwinnett Residents. All ages. Pre-registration required. Call 678.924.6334 for more information and fees. All pool rules apply. See aquatic guidelines. Bethesda Park Aquatic Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville.
New! Artic Aid Aqua Triathlon and Polar Bear Swim ● February 25
Triathlon at 8:00am – 1:00pm. Polar Bear Swim at 11:00am – 1:00pm. A tri-AQUA-thon competitive triathlon event all in the water – 10 minutes each of aqua running, aqua cycling, and swimming. Or you can take the plunge down a tower slide into the outdoor leisure pool! (Hot tubs will be nearby for you to thaw out after the event.) Age 15 – up. Pre-registration required for T-shirt. $26/person minimum donation/registration fee includes long-sleeve T-shirt, light snacks, and prizes. Proceeds to benefit Living Waters International at www.water.cc. (Additional donations gladly accepted). Mountain Park Aquatic Center, 1063 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain. Call 770.564.4650. Artic Aid Aqua Triathlon Register here. Polar Bear Swim Register here