Terre Haute Parks Board and VCSC talking aquatics again

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Terre Haute Parks Board and Vigo County School Corporation held a special meeting Friday to talk aquatics.

It’s part of the two agency’s agreement to phase out old pools in Vigo County High Schools and today inked an official deal between the school corporation and the city parks department.

Parks Board members met at the Torner Center Friday afternoon and unanimously approved the agreement.

The lease spells out how the school corporation will utilize the land at Voorhees Park. The school corporation will have eight acres for its facility and the lease will be for 25 years, at a dollar a year.

After the first quarter-century, the school corporation and parks department can re-negotiate. Park board members say it’s a win-win for all players.

“Now that it’s finalized, you know I think the city of Terre Haute and its departments and the school corporation and other areas of the Terre Haute should work together and I think this is a example of that,” said Eddie Bird, Terre Haute Parks and Recreation. “I think this is gonna bring a lot more people to Terre Haute and bring a lot of money into Terre Haute.”

The Vigo County School Corporation will now present the lease to its board Monday. It will ask for approval of that lease in February.

Crews are expected to break ground on the new aquatic center in June and is estimated to see completion in 2015.

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