A Fort Wayne organization is planning to bring a new aquatics center to southwest Allen County.
Northern Indiana Aquatics Center Foundation said the center would support competitive swimming and diving, learn-to-swim to masters swim programs, general aquatics fitness, adaptive aquatics, and physical therapy.
The foundation launched the initial planning phase for the center Monday. Leaders with the foundation say they have already secured affirmation from a feasibility study and the endorsement of Southwest Allen County School District.
"We are excited to announce our plans for this new regional aquatics center," states Allison Brown, executive director of NIACF. "Our intent is to construct a facility and programming that better serves the unmet needs of the entire aquatic community in the northern Indiana region."
Dr. Philip Downs, superintendent of SACS, said the aquatics center would be an asset, as the current Summit Natatorium is limited in size and scope. Downs said the current natatorium is also in need of significant maintenance requiring a large financial investment.
“This proposed natatorium will enable SACS to lease space for its growing aquatics program, ultimately creating a financial savings for the district and its taxpayers," Downs said.
The Foundation is currently looking for major donor and sponsors and accepting development donations for the new facility. The foundation plans to hold public meetings to showcase the center's design, budget, and feasibility study results in the coming months.
Go through the slideshow for a look at what the foundation proposes the new facility may look like. A rendering of the proposed layout of the facility is below.