What's Next for The Warren Co. Academic and Aquatic Center

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

"Thank you from the community of Bowling Green."

After months of uncertainty the Warren County Academic and Aquatic Center has been thrown a life raft.

With the help of local sponsors the doors at the center will remain open, but will there be some changes?

For the Duncan family a typical Saturday might include enjoying quality time at the Aquatic Center.

"I've been swimming here for a very long time. I've been coming here since I was nine and I liked this pool ever since," says 12 year old, Cressida Duncan

"We've been coming here since it opened so approximately five years maybe," adds her mother, Sheila Duncan.

For Sheila, a former professional basketball player, the pool also provides a form of therapy.

"I played in Spain and after playing there I came back and had to have two knee surgeries so swimming helps me to stay mobile and flexible. It's very therapeutic for my joints."

Now with help from sponsors, whose names have not been released, the Duncan family and the rest of the community will be able to continue using the pool.

"At the pool we're making great progress. We have several partners lined up to help us with the pool operations," says Chris Kummer, Director of Warren County Parks and Recreation.

Kummer says that new partners also means some changes for the facility.

"It's going to be something new that we haven't done here before, and I think the partnership is going to offer some things that have never been offered and allow the public to have some programs they haven't been offered here before. I think it's going to be a win win for everybody."

When budget cuts threatened to close the Aquatic Center the task of keeping the doors open may have seemed impossible.

"In the begginning I was really worried. I was like we got to find somebody or some entity to come in here and help run this place, and luckily people have stepped up to the plate," says Kummer.

And even though those entities are not yet known many still want to show their appreciation.

"Without this place there would be nowhere else to swim," says Cressida.

"Whoever you are, wherever you are, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you from the Duncan family. Thank you from the community of Bowling Green," says Sheila.

Kummer says he will be back in Fiscal Court on April 26th to present the new and improved plan for the pool.

We will continue to keep you updated and will announce the sponsors when they are released at the next Fiscal Court meeting.

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