The Pool Is Open!
09/01/2017 06:19PM ● Published by Manda Koolis
By Danielle Torley
Are you a swimmer? Does your family love to swim? Are you looking for a place to hang out in the sun? A new birthday party location? Or perhaps you’re a photographer needing a pool for an underwater shoot?
Then you’ll be thrilled to learn that THE DESTIN AQUATIC CENTER IS OPEN!
It has been a long yet rewarding year for the Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation (ECFF). After being awarded the lease to the old YMCA pool from the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, the ECFF immediately began putting their plan into action. They assessed the facilities, notified the community, and initiated the capital campaign. A clean-up day scheduled for mid-January saw a number of the community and swim team members gather at the pool to pull weeds, clean bathrooms, and sort through existing equipment. Meetings were scheduled with the Destin City Council, the Destin Rotary Club, and a newly-created ECFF Destin Leadership Team.
The ECFF and generous community members replaced pump parts, painted the exterior and interior, modified the family pool to meet code requirements, and re-plastered both pools. In May, the ECFF held a “Party at the Pool” and invited the community to tour the facilities and see the progress to date. And finally, on August 15th, the doors to the “new” aquatic center opened!
The Destin community has already benefited tremendously from the re-opened facilities: Coast Aquatics—one of our area’s swim teams—has seen a rise in the number of swim team members, Aquacize started classes in late August, and dozens of locals have taken advantage of the lap pool. The official “Dollar Day Open House” attracted more than 300 attendees who swam, splashed, and played at the new pools. Additional donations were accepted and many people signed up for various programs at the pool such as lap swim, family swim, Aquacize, swim lessons, and masters swim.
However, the capital campaign continues for the aquatic center. Naming opportunities are still available for each pool as well as the entire facility. The ECFF also hopes to fund additional renovations and upgrades including:
· $10,000 for thermal pool cover reels
· $30,000 HVAC
· Spectator bleachers
· Paving for additional parking
· An enclosure for the family pool that allows sun and air flow in the summer and retains warmth for the winter
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your friends and family, your swimsuit, and goggles, and head down to the Destin Aquatic Center! The facilities are clean and the water is blue and sparkling, ready for you to jump on in!
The ECFF would like to recognize the following key sponsors in the community:
· City of Destin
· BOTE paddleboards
· Rhino Shield
· Harborwalk Village
· Jacobs Technology
· Summit Contracting
· The Inn on Destin Harbor
· Bright Smiles Dentistry
· Compass Resorts
· Eglin Federal Credit Union
· Vintage Title & Escrow
· Dewey Destin Restaurants
· Deborah Cramer
· Virginia Jackson
· Phyllis McClenahan & family
· Len & Tracy Strom
· Suzanne Black & Nancy Miller (in honor of their father)
· Tim Krueger - Merrill Lynch
· Jason Hillman – an Eagle Scout who built benches for the lap pool
· Ronda Schwab