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Henrico County and the YMCA of Greater Richmond announced plans Tuesday to build a indoor swimming facility in a North Laburnum Avenue corridor that's been the target of public development over the last decade.
The county is planning to finance the entire cost of an $8 million, 20,000-square-foot aquatics center that will include an eight-lane, 25-yard pool; an instructional pool; a family spray area; and a waterslide. The center is expected to be completed by 2020.
The YMCA of Greater Richmond operates 17 facilities throughout the region. It will be responsible for building, managing and operating the new facility neighboring the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, a county health department building and the new Fairfield Area Library, which is under construction and scheduled to open next fall.
"We are thrilled to partner with the YMCA of Greater Richmond to make this dream a reality," Board of Supervisors Chairman Frank Thornton stated in a release.
"The Henrico Aquatics Center — like the new Fairfield Area Library across the street — will be a wonderful addition to the Laburnum corridor, promoting exercise, good health and endless fun for the entire community."
The Board of Supervisors earlier this year asked for county officials to work with a business partner to prioritize the development of a new indoor swimming pool in the county.
Tim Joyce, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Richmond, said the nonprofit also will partner with the county school division to develop educational programs.
"The Y believes that is something every child should be given access — no matter their ZIP code or financial situation," Joyce said. "This project is an extension of the Y's continued commitment to accessibility, opportunity, equity and inclusion."
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