With summer coming closer by the weeks, an ongoing Greenbrier County project hopes to cool off those sizzling hot days.
The highly anticipated Greenbrier Valley Aquatic Center is receiving so much public support, architect Tag Galyean, and his colleagues made significant steps forward in bringing its renderings to reality.
“They were very enthusiastic and asked what could they could do to make this happen,” Galyean said. “We formed a corporation. We formed a website. We’ve raised over $2.5 million in commitment.”
The fundraising numbers make it 37 percent complete for the aquatic center, which will be built on the state fairgrounds in Fairlea.
Galyean said this will be no ordinary building, calling it first class with its three pools to be used for competition, recreation, and therapy. But the amenities do not stop there.
“It also has a classroom, a party room, a senior club room, and a cardio workout area,” Galyean said. “I see this as a community center based on aquatic wellness.”
Galyean hopes the project’s completion will make a splash sooner than later.
“I’m very impressed with how many people have stepped up, written checks,” Galyean said. “I’m mostly very surprised with how many people don’t know anything about it yet. So I think the mission at this point is to spread the word.”
If on schedule, construction is set to start in March 2020 and be ready for swimming by Summer 2021.