Location set for new aquatics center

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Vigo County School Board met Monday night with several items on the agenda.

But the one item many are talking about was on the agenda.

It’s a topic we’ve been covering for you from the very beginning.

Last month, the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation board approved a lease for the Vigo County School Corporation.

And Monday night, the Vigo County School Board voted to accept a long-term lease agreement for a new aquatics center.

The Vigo County School Corporation is officially building an aquatics center at Voorhees Park.

The school district will lease eight out of the 11 acres in the park.

The $9.8 million center will replace aging pools at three Vigo County high schools, the Terre Haute North and South Vigo high schools and the West Vigo High School.

“We’ll be taking out some bonds for the facility,” said Superintendent Dan Tanoos, Vigo County School Corporation.

It’s a long-term lease agreement.

“For 25 years. It’s renewable for another 25 years and one more after that. So we’re looking hopefully at 75 years to have the aquatic center,” said Tanoos.

And they’re getting it for a pretty good price.

“We’re leasing it for a dollar for the 25 years,” said Tanoos.

Superintendent Tanoos thinks this new center will be quite the attraction.

He believes it will be a destination point for a lot of people throughout the Midwest.

“It’s going to be a really great thing for Vigo County. A lot of business will be brought to Terre Haute from all the swim meets that will be taking place. We’re also looking to work with the IHSA to try to bring sectionals here, regionals, and other bigger venues,” said Tanoos

The lease also calls for the school district to maintain the facility and leased property.

The city parks will maintain the rest of the park.

The school district also will be responsible for such things as insurance and utilities for the eight acres.

And officials are hoping to see groundbreaking in the spring.

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