Aquatic Center Ground Breaking 'An Amazing Day' For Glenwood

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Outdoor Swim Facility Projected To Open July 1, 2016

By Joe Foreman, Editor

Sunny skies and swimming-like temperatures prevailed Friday as city officials and other dignitaries took part in a formal ground breaking ceremony for the Glenwood Aquatic Center.


The 8,700 square-foot facility will be built on land adjacent to a new gymnasium going up at Glenwood Community High School. Glenwood city administrator Brian Kissel told the crowd gathered at Friday’s ceremony that construction will take about a year.

“This new facility will be enjoyed by many. It will allow for a future swim team, bring jobs to our community and come July 1, 2016, it will bring smiles and laughter to everyone in the area,” Kissel said. “We want this facility to not only be enjoyed by our citizens, but everyone who visits Glenwood.”

Kissel was among the speakers taking part in Friday’s ceremony, attended by about 50 Glenwood-area citizens.

Mary Gunderson, a member of the Glenwood Aquatic Center Committee, said Glenwood has gone too long without having an outdoor pool.

“This is an amazing day – a great time for our community,” Gunderson said. “We’ve had 10 summers in this community without having an outdoor pool for the kids to enjoy. I’m glad that streak is ending.

“Thanks to you folks for rallying behind this project and making it a reality.”

Lucas Billesbach, department manager for JEO Consulting, the Omaha firm serving as the architect and engineer for the aquatic center, called the project “unique.”

“This project has been really unique from a lot of different aspects, just in terms of the partnerships that have been created between the school here behind us, the YMCA in the operations and the city and its commitment to bring it all together,” Billesbach said.  “It’s always been really unique from the standpoint of coming together to fund this and really doing this as an asset to the community without any increase in property taxes.”

When completed, the project is expected to carry a final price tag of about $5 million. General obligation bonds issued to fund constuction will be paid off over a 20-year period with Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenue.