Rose Park aquatic center to open this summer
ABILENE, Texas - The aquatic center at Rose Park in Abilene is close to being completed about two years after being approved by voters. KTXS went to the site of the center Wednesday, which will have a leisure pool that gradually deepens to four-and-a-half feet, a lazy river, and two slides that reach three stories. It's expected to be opened this summer. "It made it on the ballot [in] May of 2015 and the voters approved it with a funding of about $6 million," said Director of Capital Improvements Wayne Lisenbee. The W.B. Kibler Construction Co. and the city of Abilene broke ground on the site in early August. "To the left you'll see the entrance to the facility and that's where you'll check in. That's where the restrooms are. There will be a little snack bar facility," said Terry Merck, vice president of W.B. Kibler Construction. The city said it may look into expanding the aquatic center within the next few years. "Some of the options would be to extend the lazy river, make it longer. Possibly add a wave pool or some deep water diving features," Lisenbee said. Lisenbee said this will be the first aquatic center like this in our area. There are three splash pads in Abilene, and two more will be built after the aquatic center opens. "People have to travel pretty far to enjoy water attractions like this facility's going to have. So I think it will be great for our community and some of the surrounding area," Lisenbee said. The aquatic center will hold a capacity of 500 people. Admission cost to the park has not been decided yet.