The Streeter Park Pool opened in Our Town Aurora on Memorial Day 1969. It was a great facility, but after more than 40 years of use, most people agreed that it was time for a new facility.
Bruce Ramsour became a member of the Aurora City Council in 2002, "We had some citizens come before the council my first year and say we have a study that shows that the Aurora Pool is outdated and needs to be upgraded."
That was the beginning of a very long journey that included 11 months worth of building the new pool to the west of the existing pool. Bruce says, "It opened in May of this year and it's been a great success."
After more than a decade of planning, the people of Aurora are reaping the benefits of a brand spankin' new $3.5 million aquatic facility.
Mayor Marlin Seeman and his administration had a wish list for this project, "We said that the number one thing that we wanted to do is to have a pool that had all the amenities that were common to a pool and just a little bit extra."
And that little bit extra includes a speed slide and a corkscrew slide. There are five 25 meter lanes, a one meter and a 3 meter diving board and a zero-depth entry.
Bruce says, three to four times as many people are heading out to the pool this year compared to last year, "The capacity of this is about 500 and some days you cannot squeeze another person in here with a shoehorn."
The city of Aurora wants to keep people playing in the summers, but they also want to put them to work. And the aquatic center does just that. With life guards, highway crossing guards, and adult supervisors, the Aurora Aquatic Center creates more than 30 summer jobs.