Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center set to open June 1; city still seeking public’s input on $6 million renovation

photo by: Kim Callahan/Journal-World

The Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Kentucky St., is pictured on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.

The Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center is set to open soon, and the city is hoping to gain residents’ input on an upcoming $6.1 million renovation project at the center.

The pool at 727 Kentucky St. will begin its summer season on Saturday, June 1.

The pool hours will be 1 to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

The Warm Water Workout will begin on Monday, June 10, and will be available from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more information on the pool and other swimming opportunities in Lawrence, see the website of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Renovation project

As the Journal-World has reported, the City of Lawrence is planning to renovate the Outdoor Aquatic Center and is in the process of assessing issues and identifying major improvements. A second public meeting on the project is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, in the auditorium of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

The meeting is for residents to learn more about the project and comment on potential renovation concepts. A formal presentation will begin at 5:45 p.m.

During the meeting, the public will be able to review exhibits showing renovation concepts, ask questions and provide input. Staff members from the city and consultant team will be present to listen to comments and answer questions. Online commenting will be available at: through Wednesday, June 12. The public input received will help identify the preferred direction for pool renovation.

The aquatic center was last renovated nearly 30 years ago, in 1995. The city has allocated $6.1 million in its 2024-2028 Capital Improvements Program for design and construction of the new renovation. “It is anticipated that much of the funding will be used for identified maintenance issues and needs,” a news release from the city said. “The balance will support a prioritized range of amenities.”


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