Corbin H. Crable
“We’re hoping it’s packed this weekend,” said Beau Ford, parks superintendent for the city of Spring Hill. “We’re looking at least a couple of thousand people this weekend.”
Through Aug. 17, hours for the center, located at 20900 Sycamore Dr., are 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Between Aug. 20 and Sept. 6, the center will only be open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Daily rates are $5 for swimmers between the ages of 3 and 61; toddlers under the age of 2 and adults age 62 and older are free. The aquatic center will offer a twilight price of $3.50 after 6 p.m. each day, and a 10-admission punch pass is available for $40.
Single-family households in Spring Hill can buy a season pass for $115. Those passes cost $150 for families who live outside of Spring Hill.
It was a long road to get to this weekend, but Ford said he is excited to see this “modern facility” come to fruition.
Spring Hill’s old swimming pool, Ford said, sits unused as the city decides what to do with the location. He said the city is considering turning the location into a skate park.
As the new aquatic center took shape, so did its features that are sure to attract swimmers of all ages: a drop slide, river tube slides, a lazy river, a floatable walk, a climbing wall, and a separate area for toddlers, which includes a toddler slide.
“We have a new facility with a lot of interesting features,” Ford said. “There’s still a little left to do, but the facility looks great.”
City Administrator Jonathan Roberts said he agrees.
“It’s exciting to see this come to fruition,” Roberts said, “and it’s going to be even more exciting and fulfilling when we get to see people enjoy it.”
City officials also enlisted the help of a graphic arts class at Spring Hill High School in designing the aquatic center’s mascot. Recently, the aquatic center adopted Pete the Porpoise as the face of the facility. SHHS student Josh Albrecht designed the mascot.
For more information, call city hall at 592-3664 or visit www.springhillks.com.