By Robbie Ward
TUPELO – As construction winds down at Tupelo’s $12 million aquatic center, residents can expect admission charges comparable with similar facilities throughout the state and region.
The Tupelo City Council approved this week the aquatic center’s daily admission, monthly and annual pass costs and charges for specific classes.
Admission will cost $3 per person daily, which is $1 more than what was charged at Rob Leake City Pool. Discounted passes also will be sold for unlimited admission for a month, three months and a year with residents of Tupelo paying less than nonresidents.
Seniors, veterans and people with medical disabilities will receive lower rates for passes.
Already booked to host two major swim meets, the aquatic center will hold a grand opening on Nov. 23, said center director Amy Kennedy. The official opening day will allow the public to learn about classes and other offerings at the water center in east Tupelo.
“We’re going to have a program for everyone,” Kennedy said.
Along with swimming competitions, the aquatic center will offer a number of different swimming classes and programs for adults and children. The center will have two pools – one Olympic-sized and 20 lanes and a smaller, heated pool with four lanes.
For people who can’t afford to pay admission to the city facility, Kennedy said an “aqua angel program” will be created to help with costs.