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r SPRINGVILLE – The exterior steel framework is complete on the new Clyde Recreation Center, though some of the construction still is underway in the interior of the facility.

While late December was the target date for completion, that has now edged into the early part of 2018, Kelly Hall told Serve Daily. Hall is the sites Superintendent. Hall also stated that the building is near 60 percent completion, overall.

“We’re looking at the end of winter for occupancy,” Troy Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald is Springville’s City Administrator.

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The 64,000 square foot building is more than twice the size of the Springville Community Pool, which was built in the late 1970s.

NEW FACILITY

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As reported in the July issue of Serve Daily, the new aquatic facility – named the Clyde Recreation Center, after the Clyde Companies made a $2 million donation for it – “will include an outdoor pool, indoor aquatics scoreboard and video display, public art and other improvements.”

The indoor aquatic area will consist of a multi-use pool with swimming lanes, recreation pool with a current channel, toddler pool, splash-down pool with two water slides, and a hot tub, plus women’s, men’s and family locker areas. (see below for current pics) Also included in the two-story facility is to be a gymnasium, workout area, walking track, several program rooms and a day care center.

“Almost 1,000 Springville residents have passes to the Provo rec center,” Fitzgerald said. “We think a number of them will come home to a closer facility.”

While $18 million is the cost of construction of the Clyde Recreation Center, the total cost, including land purchased from the Nebo School District, development of the outdoor area for swimming and other activities, plus furnishings, fixtures and equipment indoors and out, is expected to be $21 million.

Springville voters in November 2015 approved an $11 million bond issue for a new aquatic center. The Nebo School District provided $2.6 million because area high schools will use the facility for swim team practice and team meets. Additional costs are to be covered from city reserves and revenue from selling city property.

The building is directly behind the new Smith’s Marketplace, with entrance on 1200 West off 400 South. VCBO Architects of Salt Lake City drew the plans for Clyde Recreation Center. Hogan & Associates Construction of Centerville, Utah, serves as general contractor.

“We’ve tried to build the best facility we can and stay within the budget the citizens have given us,” Springville Mayor Wilford W. Clyde told Serve Daily last October. Clyde owns the Clyde Companies that donated $2 million in June for the aquatics center.

Entrance prices for the Clyde Recreation Center have been released, but will require slight amending.

Fun facts:

1. The trusses weigh between 26,000 and 43,000 pounds each and were delivered to the site in sections, welded together, and then hoisted into place.

2. The capacity of the large pool is 390,254 gallons.

3. The highest point of the building will stand at 51 feet.

OLD FACILITY

Day passes at the Springville Community Pool are $3.50 for those 15 and older; $3 for 14 and younger. Adult laps are at 5:25 a.m. to 7:25 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday.

Open public swim hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the white building of about 30,000 square feet located in a residential area on 900 South.

When the pool is not open to the public it is in use by swim teams or private lessons, or is being cleaned, said Sarah Bush, on duty as a pool supervisor.

The pool itself is 25 yards perpendicular to a competition-size 25 meters, with a peninsula walkway separating the 3.5-foot-deep area from the area that goes from 3.5 feet to 12 feet deep for diving.

The Springville Community Pool has a small set of women’s and men’s lockers, with a six-head public shower in each, and private curtained dressing areas. Upstairs are some treadmills and exercise bicycles. The facility also has an area of benches for people to watch swim competitions.

“Our goal is to keep this facility open and operating until the Clyde Recreation Center is open,” Fitzgerald said. “The Springville Community Pool will close at that time and what will happen next isn’t certain.” r

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