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Boomtown's New Aquatic Center is Almost Complete

Burkburnett's Family Aquatic Center is finally starting to come together; its new name, Boomtown Bay Family Aquatic Center.

“We are getting close.  We're excited to see a project that has been in concept for some time come into fruition," said City Manager of Burkburnett, Mike Whaley.

Almost two years ago, residents asked Burkburnett officials to expand the city's municipal pool.  Instead of investing the money into that pool, officials figured the best way to spend the residents' tax dollars was to build a new facility that everyone could enjoy.

Construction of the Aquatic Center began in February 2014 and today, it's 95-percent complete.

“We've just got some touch up work, but the biggest hurdle going forward is the parking lots that we need to get in place.  We're going to push forward and we're going to do the best we can to have it open on time," said Whaley.

Not only will there be outside visitors coming to Burkburnett to splash around at the Aquatic Center, 68 people have been hired to work there, which helps the local community.

“I'm very proud to have been a part of this, and with the leadership of our council and our Mayor and hearing what the citizens really wanted and coming up with this vision, I'm just proud of bringing it to the people and allowing them to enjoy it once it's completed, “said Whaley.

The water is a sea of green for now, but don't worry, it will be gone soon.

“We're working with White Water Company in order to come in and help us to adjust the balance before the grand opening," said Whaley.

Drinking water was not used to fill the Aquatic Center.

The Aquatic Center is a multi-million dollar project.  Whaley said the city isn't too under budget, but also is not over it.

Whaley will receive a key to the Aquatic Center on May 8th.  You and your family can enjoy the Center at its grand opening, Memorial Day Weekend.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6
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