UISD to tour aquatic center

Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 7:38 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 10:11 PM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - United ISD has been talking about bringing in an aquatics center since 2018, and now we’re finally diving into what the facility will look like.

UISD is replacing a 50 year old pool they have outgrown.

“Our old pool was built in Lindenwood back in the 1970′s, and it’s more of a practice pool,” said Bobby Cruz, UISD director of athletics.

For decades, students in the swim teams have been travelling for competitions, but now this will change.

“But now as you can see with this facility, we will have that luxury that we won’t have to travel. So now we will host events. We’ll invite Corpus Christi, San Antonio, the Valley, and hopefully host a regional here one day.”

The old pool wasn’t deep enough for diving or as big, but this major pool is an eight lane, 50 meter pool used mainly for practices, competitions, and diving.

It includes an adaptive pool which is much more shallow, at only up to 5 feet deep. It will be used for the Learn to Swim program which teaches 2nd graders and students with special needs how to swim.

The lessons will be going on all throughout the school year, and as for safety protocols:

“The students will be allowed to sit inside the cubbies. The instructors, which will wear face shields, will access the cubby and get to the students to do their instruction.”

Additionally, the facility will also have a weight room, offices, dressing rooms, concession stands, and will be big enough to fit more than 800 people.

The district says they were expecting to open it in March or April of this year, but both the pandemic and rainfall have pushed back the opening date to November.

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