Work starting on Aquatic Center

Some heavy machinery is parked on top of the location of the future SC Johnson Aquatic Center at Pritchard Park. The new center is being built with a $6.5 million donation from SC Johnson and plans to open in summer 2018.

RICARDO TORRES, ricardo.torres@journaltimes.com

RACINE — Grading and site work began this week at Pritchard Park in preparation for the construction of the SC Johnson Community Aquatic Center, the county announced in a press release Thursday.

Construction activity will be ongoing at the park throughout the fall, winter and spring, with the goal of opening the aquatic center by early summer 2018.

SC Johnson announced in July it would donate $6.5 million to fund the public aquatic center.

“With work at Pritchard Park now officially underway, we’re excited to have this project move forward,” said County Executive Jonathan Delagrave. “Thanks to SC Johnson’s generous donation, the community will soon have a new place for summertime fun. We can’t wait to see the first slides and splashes into the water next summer.”

The centerpiece of the SC Johnson Community Aquatic Center will be two separate swimming pools — a lap pool and an activity pool — that will have almost 15,000 total square feet of water surface. Special pool features include large water slides, a water play structure, a rope course, a water spray feature and a zero-depth pool for young children.

The SC Johnson Community Aquatic Center will also include a 4,800 square foot pool building with changing rooms, a concession stand and shaded lounge areas.

In making the announcement about the aquatic center this summer, Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, said, “No doubt many of us in this room have great childhood memories from swimming, whether from a lake in the area or a pool ... Swimming is such a great source of summertime fun and adventure. It’s also a wonderful family activity.”

As construction continues, the county will be updating its Racine County Facebook page (Facebook.com/RacineCounty) with updates.

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