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Mitchell's indoor aquatic center on track for June opening

There are still a few kinks to iron out on the logistical side, but Mitchell's $8 million indoor pool project remains on track for a June opening. At last week's Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board meeting, department Director Nathan Powell gave ...

Construction work at the new Mitchell indoor aquatics center continues on Thursday morning in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Construction work at the new Mitchell indoor aquatics center continues on Thursday morning in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

There are still a few kinks to iron out on the logistical side, but Mitchell's $8 million indoor pool project remains on track for a June opening.

At last week's Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board meeting, department Director Nathan Powell gave the board a brief update of the large addition to the Mitchell Recreation Center.

"We don't have an opening date yet set," Powell said last week. "I think they're going to be on time."

Aside from the official opening date, which Powell guessed would be sometime in June, the city will have to determine whether to open the Mitchell Recreation Center on Sunday during the summer.

Currently, the Mitchell Recreation Center is closed on Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It's open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Labor Day to Memorial Day.

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"It's usually empty on Sundays, is why we're closed on Sundays," Powell said.

The city's outdoor aquatic facility at Hitchcock Park does remain open on Sunday during the summer months.

While the voter-approved aquatic facility is on track to open on time, that may not be known to all Mitchell Recreation Center users.

Board member Brian Johnson suggested the Rec Center staff participate in an aquatic facility walkthrough later this month to get a better understanding of the project timeline. Then, he said, Rec Center staff could convey that information to facility users.

"We need to start promoting," Johnson said.

A staff walkthrough was scheduled for March 29.

The indoor aquatic facility was approved by 54 percent of Mitchell voters in 2015. The heavy majority of the project is city-funded, but the Mitchell Aquatic Club pledged $1 million to pay for the project. Another chunk of money comes from a tax on hotel and motel renters in Mitchell.

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Construction work at the new Mitchell indoor aquatics center continues on Thursday morning in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Construction work at the new Mitchell indoor aquatics center continues on Thursday morning in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

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