Leesburg Aquatic Center construction underway, expected to open in September

Approximately 290 linear feet of concrete is being used to construct the eight-lane competition pool and recreation pool at the Leesburg Aquatic Center. [Cindy Peterson/Correspondent]

LEESBURG — The Leesburg Aquatic Center is one step closer to completion.

Construction has begun on the $5.3 million project, which will include an eight-lane competition pool and recreation pool. It’s expected to open in September.

On Wednesday, contractors were busy laying 290 linear feet of concrete forming the walls of the swimming pools. 

“We have multiple trades working closely together so our primary focus is safety,” Leesburg Project Manager John Folker said. “The next milestones we have are pouring the deck around the pool, completing the interior and exterior finishes of the building and of course, installing the much-anticipated two-story water slide.”

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An aerial shot shows the design of the pools at the Leesburg Aquatic Center.
Concrete is sprayed to construct the walls of the pools at the Leesburg Aquatic Center on Wednesday. [Cindy Peterson/Correspondent]

The complex will sit on the corner of Pine St. and Childs St. near downtown Leesburg, in a historically Black neighborhood in downtown Leesburg. 

The location choice was intentional. 

The aquatics center will replace the city’s pool that was in Venetian Gardens. Demolished to make way for the community center that opened in 2019, the pool at one point was only for whites.