Pharr opens $11 million aquatic center

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POSTED: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 4:23pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 7:27am

The new Pharr Aquatic Center is now open, but only for swimming lessons.  It will open to the public on July 4 and crews are putting on the finishing touches.

The center has a pair of 150 foot slides. It also has an indoor swim area where all the PSJA high school swim teams will practice.  The two acre property cost a total of $11 million for design and construction. Officials say having a swim area in Pharr was a worthy investment.  

"We'll be teaching kids how to swim again here in Pharr," said Frank Marin, the director of parks and recreation in Pharr. "We haven't done that for around six years. It's our contention that if we're able to save just one life, whatever we spent on this facility, will certainly be worthwhile."

The aquatic center is replacing the old city pool at Victor Garcia Park. That pool needed to be closed down after being in use for nearly a half-century.  

 "Originally we were going to be constructing it (at Garcia Park), but at this location we just had more room to work with.  We could include more amenities," Marin said.  

At peak hours, there will be 25 lifeguards on duty to watch over a 1,400 person capacity.  The city expects to take in $400,000 a year in revenue.  Admission costs range from $3 for children and seniors on weekdays to $10 for adults on weekends.  

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