Burkburnett Family Aquatic Center Construction Is Ahead of Schecule

Behind the fence on Tommy Thornton Way, the Burkburnett Family Aquatic Center is starting to come together.

“We're currently ahead of schedule because of all the nice weather we've had up to this point,” said Burkburnett, City Manager, Mike Whaley.

At Monday's City Council meeting, the Burkburnett Development Corporation agreed to donate $500 thousand to the Family Aquatic Center.

“That amount is $50 thousand per year over a 10 year period.  Essentially what that does is any monies that the B.D.C. can put towards the Family Aquatic Center helps lessen the burden of taxpayers in that regard," said Whaley.

The donation from the B.D.C. is for the quality of life for Burkburnett residents.

“One of the things that they look at in regards to projects for the community is the quality of life.  They thought that this was a project that they can stand behind and they can put those monies towards that and it would increase the quality of life for the citizens of Burkburnett," said Whaley.

Newschannel 6 spoke to one resident who feels that this money could have been used elsewhere.

“There's a lot of improvement that could be made to the downtown area of Burkburnett, I think the money would have been wisely spent in that area.  It doesn't make any sense to me to build an aquatic center in the middle of a drought.  I'm all for improving the community and helping out the children of the community, but I think we should have went with something that the entire family could have enjoyed on a year round basis instead of something more seasonable,"said resident, Bob McGuinn.

Newschannel 6 also tried to talk to Burkburnett residents who were for the construction of the Family Aquatic Center, but none of them were able to talk to us on camera.

The construction of the Family Aquatic Center is actually ahead of schedule thanks to the recent nice weather. The Burkburnett Family Aquatic Center is expected to be finished and completed by May 2015.

, Newschannel 6