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Paragould, AR--Tiffany Blankenship Reports

Paragould Opens New Aquatics Center

July 5, 2005--Posted at 6:00 p.m. CDT

PARAGOULD-- The City of Paragould is opening a new addition to its 52 thousand square foot community center.

Today they opened the doors to a sparkling new aquatics center.

Paragould has waited four years for the opening of the new community and aquatics center, and today the reality of it all has finally set in.

Mayor Mike Gaskill says, "It shows that when enough people get behind something and have a vision for something, they can make whatever they want to happen to come true, and that's exactly what's happening here."

Kids lined up at the door early this morning to be the first ones to make it into the pool.

They would've never imagined what it would look like once they made it through the doors, but they were anything but disappointed.

Brent Davis says, "It has so much stuff like the diving board and the slide and the kiddy pool and stuff."

It's a summer getaway for kids and their parents, complete with all the perks.

"Everything here is so fun. It's so fun," Bowen Jones says.

A big change for a small community that is only intended to bring them closer together.

"I was kinda surprised. I didn't think such a little town like Paragould would have something so big, but it's really nice. I'm excited," Davis says.

Admission for the aquatics center is $1.50 for kids, 15 and under, and $2.00 for adults.

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