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Miami Springs breaks ground on $5 million aquatic center

Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia, center, shovels sand with city leaders and project managers at the official groundbreaking event for a new $5 million pool complex.
Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia, center, shovels sand with city leaders and project managers at the official groundbreaking event for a new $5 million pool complex. FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

About 100 residents gathered near Miami Springs’ community center Tuesday night to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new $5 million pool facility.

“The decision to move forward with a new aquatic center was a two-year process with numerous meetings that were inclusive of every age group in Miami Springs,” said Mayor Zavier Garcia, who along with council members and project officials hosted the event, which included music and catered refreshments. “The design is reflective of our citizens’ input and ideas.”

The state-of-the-art project features “water activities, cabanas, a large activity room, concession stand, modern support facilities with lockers, conventional and family restrooms, showers and a consolidated community center campus parking lot,” according to a city news release.

The city hopes to meet “citizen demand and expectation for recreational facilities” with the 6,000-square-foot pool structure that includes six lap-swimming lanes, a giant slide and a one-story administrative office building.

There were no detractors at Tuesday’s ceremony, unlike last September, when locals opposed to the project stormed into Miami Springs City Hall to question leaders shortly after they approved the pool’s construction. About a dozen residents spoke for more than 90 minutes at the Sept. 8 meeting about the pool’s size, financing and cost.

Lunacon Construction Group, the contractor awarded the bid by the city, plans to start work immediately. City officials expect the project to be completed by next summer.

For information and updates, visit www.miamisprings-fl.gov

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