TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Vigo County Schools new aquatics center has been a controversy since its conception. The grounds at Voorhees Park in Terre Haute are starting to be prepared for the construction of the new swimming facility.
Opponents to the project are taking to social media to voice their opinions. They don’t like the project and think that tearing down the trees is “heart breaking.” News 10 reached out to some of the opponents and they declined to comment.
Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett disagrees with the opponents and says that this project is actually going to be beneficial for the city.
“I think it’ll be a great addition,” Bennett said. “From the beginning it’s been a challenge for the school corporation to figure out how they’re going to deal with the problem with their pools. I’ve supported the process. I’ve appreciated what they’ve gone through to research it and actually selecting Voorhees Park was a great location.”
With constructing this building in the park, the green space is what has people against the project. Mayor Bennett says that while they are tearing trees down, they’re going to do their part to keep Terre Haute green.
“Our goal will be to put up at last two maybe three trees for every one that’s taken out,” Bennett said. “We will definitely rebuild that tree canopy. It’ll take time for it to grow obviously, but we’re going to do our part to make sure that that park gets restored.”
Bennett also says that this project was the best option for tax payers when it came to figuring out what to do with Vigo County high school pools.
He hopes that the aquatics center will become a showcase facility for the area.