Newsmaker: Susan Braman, Aquatic Center

The state-of-the-art Greensboro Aquatic Center will open one month from Tuesday, and Susan Braman gave Neill McNeill an extensive tour of the $19 million facility.

The center contains three pools: a therapy/warm-up pool, the main 50-meter competition pool and the diving well. The pools are surrounded by 10 million pieces of tile, all of which were laid by hand.

The competition pool will be available for qualified swimmers to lap swim, but the therapy/warm up pool will be the main public pool in the facility.

The therapy pool will have an admission charge to swim, and it will also serve as a place for swimming lessons and water exercise classes.

The popular City Meet will move into the facility next year, and Braman said they will be moving Tent City either into the parking lot or inside the center itself.

The center is also working on a broad-reaching program called “Learn To Swim.” The goal is eventually to get every second grader in Guilford County to learn how to swim. More details on the program will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information on the Aquatic Center, including fitness classes, admission and membership rates, go to greensboroaquaticcenter.com.

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