(Neb)-Chadron Aquatics Center Opens As Planned Listen
CHADRON - The new Chadron Area Aquatics and Wellness Center, some four years in planning and construction, opened to the public quietly and without fanfare this morning.
The center, which converted the city's outdoor swimming pool into an indoor facility, is having a soft opening this week with just a limited schedule that began with lap swimming from 6-8:00 this morning.
Facility Supervisor Brandon Girard says there were 6 swimmers, which pleased him because he wasn't sure that many people would be getting up that early to swim on Day One of the new facility.
Girard says this week's limited schedule was needed because the center's 14 part-time workers are current Chadron State College students and the school began Spring Break on Friday, while the soft opening gives him and his staff a better chance to deal with any unforeseen issues before big crowds arrive.
This week's limited schedule has Lap Swimming tomorrow through Friday from 6-8:00 am and noon-1:00 plus Open Swim from 3-8:00. The weekend will have Lap Swim from noon-1:00 both days and Open Swim from 1-6:00 on Saturday and 1-5:00 on Sunday.
The Aquatics Center moves to its full schedule next Monday. The schedule and information on fees and passes can be found at the city of Chadron's website chadron-nebraska.com or at the center's Facebook page.
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