Diving in: Downsized pool plans get initial OK

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Greenwood unveiled its final aquatic center plans: three separate bodies of water, including a zero-entry leisure pool and a winding lazy river for inner tubing, with three twisting water slides between them, and a lap pool nearby.

The design presented this week is a trimmed version of what the city started with last year after efforts to reduce costs, city attorney Krista Taggart said. The project was designed to be built in Freedom Park to replace the 55-year-old pool downtown that the city closed in 2012.

Designer Banning Engineering eliminated from the plans a pool area for playing basketball and volleyball and a section of the lazy river that would have had a waterfall pouring onto swimmers. The company also took out a separate area for diving to reduce the number of lifeguards, chemicals and water needed to operate the aquatic center, she said. The current designs use about 2.5 acres of Freedom Park for the aquatic center and approximately 2.4 acres for parking nearby.

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