Albertville looking to improve rec center, downtown

Albertville looking to improve rec center, downtown

ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The city of Albertville is moving closer to building a new aquatics facility and making several other capital improvements.

The city is looking at passing a $10 million bond issue. City officials say a bond is retiring and so taking out a new one  will not cost taxpayers any more money.

The plan is to replace the current pool with an Olympic-style eight-lane aquatics facility and to add a new gymnasium at the current recreation center.

Council President Nathan Broadhurst said this is the first phase of a total renovation of the city's recreation facilities. The money will also go toward the downtown streetscape project to removed overhead lines as well as add decorative lighting and new sidewalks. Broadhurst said there's also money left over to do some street paving.

But the hope is the new recreational facilities will make Albertville a destination.

"One goal is to obviously have it at a level where we can host competitions here. Another thing would be that it would be an attractive entertainment option for people versus going to places like Spring Valley Beach or out of town to other cities aquatic centers," Broadhurst said.

The city council has called a special meeting to pass the bond issue on Monday night.

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