After months of wrangling and wringing of hands, the much ballyhooed Woodland Park Aquatic Center is finally becoming a reality.
Last Thursday a group of about 100 people gathered at the proposed aquatic center site at 111 N. Baldwin Street to witness the ground breaking ceremony.
It was a chilly spring afternoon and the sky was threatening rain. The chill and breeze didn’t stop dignitaries from the city, school board, and general contractor, as well as citizen proponents of the project from braving the elements and attending the event.
Among the officials attending were; Mayor Neil Levy, Gerry Simon, Woodland Aquatic Project President, and Cindy Keating, Parks and Recreation Director
In November of 2014 the citizens of Woodland Park voted to allow the City to go into debt for 10.1 million to design and build an Aquatic Center and the associated infrastructure. After two years of planning we are breaking ground on one of the most significant projects in Woodland Park.
When finished sometime around September of 2017, the 26,000 square foot facility will be open to the public and become a major part of Woodland Park High School’s aquatic learning and water sports curriculum.
While Thursday was the official ground breaking, major work will not begin for a few more weeks as the permit process is not yet complete.
Adolfson & Peterson Construction Company (AP) of Aurora, Colorado has been awarded the contract for the project. The company has a long list of Colorado municipal projects in its portfolio. They built the Sam Gary branch of the Denver Public Library and the Boulder Regional Fire Training Center to name a few.