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Mayor discusses price estimate for aquatic center

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The City of Jonesboro held a news conference Monday about the new aquatic center planned for the city.

Mayor Harold Perrin stressed they are working hard on the planning process.

“We are pulling all the information as far as what kind of site it should be on, the financing, as well as the operational cost of the facility,” Perrin said.

He said they are mainly visiting other aquatic centers across the state to figure out the best way to run one in Jonesboro.

Perrin said it will be a costly project but it will be worth it if it can be used for events like swim meets.

Jarrod Stroud, aquatics director with the YMCA said just to host swim meets or programs like that requires a lot of time and work.

He said they don’t have enough room to do what they want at the YMCA and feels that having a center will be a major relief for everyone.

“We want to have bigger swim teams, we want to have high school swim teams,” Stroud said. “Give them a place to practice. We just want aquatics to grow in Jonesboro. I think that is the biggest reason we need a new aquatic facility.”

Stroud said, in the end, the goal is to create new opportunities and offer new programs to the Jonesboro residents.

 Perrin said the cost of constructing just the building and the Olympic-sized pool would be around $8 million to $10 million.

He said they do not know how they are going to fund it yet but he looks forward to making this project a reality. 

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