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Friday, February 3, 2006


Swim center plans to open in two months

The Concord-Carlisle Swim and Fitness Center nears completion. (Photo by Susan Mills)

Friday, March 31, is the new opening date for the Concord-Carlisle Swim and Fitness Center being built across from the high school. The facility is being built on land owned by the town of Concord. C.C. Pools, Inc., a non-profit, is organizing fundraising and overseeing construction. C.C. Pools plans to turn over ownership of the building to the town of Concord once the construction of the 35,000-square-foot facility is complete, and paid for.

Memberships are being sold by the Concord Recreation Department, which will manage the Swim and Fitness Center. According to Kate Carr of C.C. Pools, memberships will be used to cover the operational expenses, but donations are still being sought for the final $850,000 of the $10 million project.

Building costs rose $1.5 million

When construction began in March of 2004, the project costs were estimated at $8.5 million. C.C. Pools Executive Director Tim Atkins said a combination of inflation, unexpected costs and project upgrades caused the $1.5 million price escalation. For example, he said the foundation cost came in $100,000 above the original estimate. Types of exterior brick and interior paint were changed for better appearance and greater durability. They decided to add tile to the three main pools at a cost of $270,000. Wiring was enhanced in the fitness area to allow exercisers to view TV monitors.

Over 400 enrolled

Enrollment is "going great guns," according to Danner DeStephano, Director of Concord Recreation. He said the equivalent of 625 family memberships will be needed each year to cover costs. Over 400 memberships have been sold to date, bringing in over $500,000. He said 89% of those who have joined are residents of Concord or Carlisle. Tours are being given now by appointment, by calling the Concord Recreation Department at 1-978-369-6460. DeStephano expects the center will begin offering swim and fitness classes within a week or two after it opens.

Asked why the opening date slipped from earlier targets in January or February, Carr cited "normal construction delays." Ground was broken in March of 2004 for the facility which is being built by Thoughtforms of Acton.

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