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New pool is everything Edmond's swimmers could dream of

Edmond swimmers excited as they jumped into their new competitive swimming pool Wednesday. Their first city meet will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: January 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm •  Published: January 30, 2014

— 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.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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