EDMOND — Cole Duncan smiled and hugged the edge of Edmond's new competitive swimming pool Wednesday after being the first one in the water and first to swim a lap.
“It is everything I ever dreamed of,” the 16-year-old Edmond North High School junior said. “It is the best pool ever.”
Discussions about such a pool have been going on in Edmond longer than any of the 130 high school swimmers have been alive.
“They told me in 1977 I would have a pool in two years,” an excited coach Steve Riggs said. “They just didn't tell me two years from when.”
The 815,349-gallon pool will be home for swimmers from the three Edmond high schools.
Wednesday was the first practice day in the pool, and the first city meet will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the J.L. Mitch complex. It is open to the public.
The eight-lane, 50-meter competitive swimming pool is 7 feet deep on the south end and 13.6 feet deep on the north end with seating for up to 800 spectators.
The competitive pool is part of a 105,000-square-foot building that will house the Mitch Park YMCA. The $25.4 million project is a partnership with the city of Edmond, the school district and the YMCA.
The city spent $8 million, the school district $11.2 million and the YMCA $6.2 million on the complex.
Edmond Electric paid $691,000 for the geothermal cooling and heating system, which is included in the city's $8 million portion.
An exact cost of the building won't be calculated until the project is completed, said Assistant City Manager Steve Commons.