The community is invited to attend the groundbreaking for the city’s new Aquatic Center. This event will be held on Monday, October 26, at noon, on the patio at the Newport Recreation Center, 225 SE Avery Street (enter through the main entrance of the Recreation Center). The event is free and open to the public.
The event will begin with an introduction by City Manager Spencer Nebel, followed by short speeches by Mayor Sandra Roumagoux; Parks and Recreation Director Jim Protiva; Aquatics Supervisor Kathy Cline; Shannon Blackburn, member of the Newport Swim Club; Scott Stolarczyk, Project Architect with Robertson Sherwood Architects; and Adam Perna, Executive Vice President, Pavilion Construction.
Immediately following the speeches, ground will be broken on the Aquatic Center project. Refreshments will follow. Newport voters approved a general obligation bond in 2013 to fund this project which will replace the current swimming pool that is more than 50-years-old. The soon-to-be-constructed Aquatic Center has been designed to include an eight-lane 25-yard competition pool; expanded locker rooms; a warm water multi-use pool; and seating for up to 300 spectators.