Plans call for a $30 million regional facility that would house an outdoor and two indoor pools for competitive and recreational swimmers. There will also be seating for up to 1,000 spectators.
According to a study done by the greater Raleigh Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, a bigger aquatics center could mean 17,000 visitors, 13,000 hotel nights, and $3.5 million in spending a year.
"There are additional benefits from the construction of the facility -- additional jobs created with the ongoing management of facility and operations," said Hill Carrow with the Friends of Town of Cary Aquatics Center.
The Town Council has allocated about $15 million for the project. Another $10 million could come from Wake County's hotel-motel tax revenue fund. The rest could come from private donations.
Cary still has not decided where to build the new aquatic center.
Other groups in Cary are building two other community pools. Lifetime Fitness is building a 140,000-square-foot facility in Regency Park that is scheduled to open in March. The Triangle Aquatic Center is building a pool training facility next to the Cary Town Centre that is expected to open by September.
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