WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - West Lafayette officials broke ground today- for construction of a new wellness and aquatic center in Cumberland Park.
The new center will be home to three new gyms with fitness instructors and a new swimming pool.
West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Superintendent Kathy Lozano said it was thrilling to break ground on this project.
"This community been working on it for thirty years or more trying to get this together and it is just the most exciting day to put the shovel in the ground and start working," said Lozano.
The center will include multiple sports leagues, personal trainers, camps for children and three group exercise studios.
"Statistics show that a strong park and recreation department makes a community truly livable and this will encourage people to be more physically active stay healthier and that's what I'm excited about," said Lozano.
The center is projected to cost thirty-million-dollars and is set to finish construction by January of 2021. Membership pricing for the center will not be finalized until spring of next year.
West Lafayette Redevelopment Commission President Larry Oates said he is trying to give citizens what they want in their community.
"We started back in 2016 as part of a parks department master plan,” stated Oates. “The idea of a wellness and aquatic center was the number one thing in that master plan that the citizens in West Lafayette wanted,"
The Center is going to be a seventy-three-thousand square foot building. Oates says the building architect, Perkins and Will, have taken their time to intertwine the park into the center.
"One of the really cool things about the design in its self, is that from the front of the building all the way to the back end of the building it's glass going all the way through and you’ll be able to see the woods and the little pond right behind us," said Oates.
Mayor John Dennis said they worked on several citizen surveys to come up with where they are now with the center.
"We've had some bits of pieces throughout the community some gyms here and maybe some fields for soccer, but this will be the first our city has one focal point to be able to work out, do swim, and be able to have physical therapy if needed," stated Dennis.