Fulton Pools Efforts for Aquatic Center

1 decade 8 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, March 29 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 6:43:22 PM CDT March 29, 2007 in News

And, some folks in Fulton are crossing their flippers and hoping for a new aquatic center.

June O'Neal knows the benefits of exercising in water, so she hopes the local YMCA gets the land it needs to build the center.

"I would definitely like to see the Aquasize, so the older people could go out there and do their exercise," she said.

O'Neal used to exercise in the pool at the Missouri School for the Deaf.

"I think they had to do some repairs on their pool and had to cancel it," she explained.

"Without an indoor facility, we are forced to drive either to Jeff City or Columbia," added Agnes Hatcher, an Aquasize instructor.

Now, plans are in the works to let Fulton residents spend more time swimming and less time driving. The YMCA said it is the highest bidder for the property and, if the sale goes through, the new center will have a therapy pool, plus kid-friendly features such as water slides.

"The options that the city would like to see in the new pool are not currently available anywhere in town," said Patrick Donnot.

But, until the deal is done, O'Neal and her aquarobics instructor will just have to wade.

"We're hoping and praying for an indoor pool," she said.

The YMCA said bidding closed Thursday on the property, which is owned by Fulton Public Schools. The district is expected to accept the bid next week.

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