Adirondack Aquatic Center Explores Schenectady County Site
Multi-million dollar aquatic facility project continues to gain momentum
MALTA, N.Y. – Adirondack Aquatic Center’s Board of Directors announced today that in addition to a site in Malta, N.Y., the organization is considering Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady to build a new multi-million dollar community and competitive swimming facility that will include the region’s first indoor, 50-meter Olympic-size swimming pool. The goal is for the aquatic center to host regional swimming and diving competitions and attract more than 100,000 visitors to the Capital Region annually.
“We know there is a great need in our region for an aquatic facility. We want to be sure it gets built in an area that is easily accessible, is best utilized by the local community for wellness, recreation and therapy, and attracts people from all over the Northeast for sports tourism, family fun and more,” said Kara Haraden, board president, Adirondack Aquatic Center.
The Schenectady County Metroplex Board of Directors approved a $40,000 contract with Counsilman-Hunsaker, a leading aquatics design firm with offices in Dallas, Denver, St. Louis and Los Angeles, to complete a feasibility study for the new facility at Mohawk Harbor.
“We are excited about the potential of the new Aquatic Center to attract more visitors to Schenectady County. What better place than Mohawk Harbor, the Capital Region’s leading waterfront attraction with a line-up of amenities,” said County Legislator Richard Ruzzo.
Adirondack Aquatic Center is also considering a 10-acre site along the health and wellness corridor located off of Route 67 in the town of Malta near Northway Exit 12. In July, Former Town Supervisor Vincent DeLucia appointed a committee to work with Adirondack Aquatic Center’s Board of Directors.
“While the first location is still on the table, this feasibility study opens the door to a possible new site with maximum economic impact for our region and programming opportunities for both community members and visitors for years to come,” said Haraden.
An official fundraising campaign kicked off earlier this year for Adirondack Aquatic Center resulting in close to $3 million. Adirondack Aquatic Center’s board is seeking both public and private sector funds. The multi-use, year-round facility will hold four pools, including a 50-meter Olympic-size pool, of varying lengths, depths and temperatures for diverse swim programs such as learn to swim, exercise and rehabilitation, as well as training and competition. Plans also include ample spectator seating, classroom areas, meeting rooms, aquatic-focused exercise and weight room, studio/multi-purpose area, pro shop, concessions area and locker rooms.
About Adirondack Aquatic Center
Adirondack Aquatic Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an 80,000-square-foot, multi-pool, aquatic complex to be built in the Capital Region. The world-class swim center was founded to fill a long-term need for year-round aquatic services that address the health, wellness, recreation, safety, competition and training needs of the local residents, communities and organizations. To learn more, please visit adirondackaquaticcenter.org
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