April 9th, 2019 (last updated)
The aquatic center in Fort Lauderdale is making a splash, and the facility will soon receive millions of dollars in renovations.
“Once again, Fort Lauderdale becomes the hub of swimming and diving competition,” Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said Friday.
After languishing for years, the one-time unofficial winter home of U.S. Olympic swimmers and divers will be getting a $27 million makeover.
“We are actually digging out one of the pools. We are rebuilding some of these pools. It’s not just renovating. It’s not just putting Marcite,” Trantalis said.
The new look will also include new lighting, bleachers, concessions and landscaping. They are also hoping for a 37-meter-high dive tower.
Over the years, the city has squabbled over what to do with the prime real estate.
At times, the city came close to an agreement to renovate and at others considered tearing it down and doing something else with the land.
If things go swimmingly, they will reopen the new, sparkling center in 18 months, and with the International Swimming Federation’s (FINA) certification, the city hopes to attract world-class meets.