Greenwood is using $10 million in tax-increment financing district money to build and open an aquatic center in Freedom Park. The project includes a lap pool, 600-foot lazy river and water slides. The lazy river will have a bridge and a waterfall. The cost of construction is $7.2 million.
The aquatic center will replace the city pool, which was closed in 2012 due to safety concerns, such as crumbling concrete in the bathhouses.
The city is looking for ways to pay for annual operating expenses, including the costs of lifeguard salaries, water and chemicals, because a pool engineering firm estimated revenue collected at pool park wouldn’t cover $200,000 of expenses each year.