Ostego Public Schools

Ostego (Michigan) district opens $15 million aquatic center

Dec. 15, 2023
Voters approved funding for the 11-lane pool facility in a 2020 bond election.

The Otsego (Michigan) school district has held a grand opening for its new $15 million aquatic center.

WWMT-TV reports that the pool, adjacent to Ostego High School, has 11 swimming lanes, a separate outside entrance and multiple locker rooms.

"This just can't be beat, this is amazing," said Otsego Swimming Coach Darryal Belton. "In your mind, you have these visions of what it's supposed to look like. It was nothing like this; it's 100 times better. It's unreal."

The bond to pay for construction of the aquatic center was passed in May 2020.

The pool is not just for the school district, officials said; it also is open to the community.

“In the new aquatic center, we will be able to offer lap swims, open swims, and classes throughout the day, welcoming everyone from infants to seniors," said Maggie Darnell, director of the Aquatic Center.

"With the expansion of lanes we will be able to run multiple events at once, and serve more swimmers. With the community room and expanded spectator seating, we will be able to host a multitude of events, from meetings and birthday parties, all the way to multi-team regional & state meets."


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