The City Council in Evansville, Indiana, approved a proposed new $28.4 million aquatic center Monday night, and the competition pool will reportedly be named after Olympian and Evansville native Lilly King.
In early September, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke proposed a new “state-of-the-art” facility in Garvin Park, and added that health systems company Deaconess has pledged $2.5 million to the project; thus it will be named the Deaconess Aquatic Center.
The center will have space for recreational swimming, competitive swim teams (including a 50m competition pool), and a diving well – it will also include an outdoor spray park.
It will replace the current facility known as Lloyd Pool, which is not in a state to support serious competitive swimming. A councilwoman called the pool “an embarrassment to Evansville.”
Breaking: Evv City Council unanimously votes approve plans for $28.4 mill aquatic center. Olympic Gold Medalist .@_king_lil ecstatic. pic.twitter.com/mOAJwsJPQJ
— Paige Hagan (@Paige14News) September 11, 2018
King attended the almost-two-hour city council meeting Monday and spoke in favor of the project.
“It’s about time!” King said, according to the Courier & Press. “It’s just incredible knowing that the kids in this community are going to be able to grow up in a better swimming community than I had a chance to. I’m just really happy for them.”
These kids🙌🏼 After a unanimous decision from the Evansville City Council, they are getting a new pool! Thankful for the support from the community and especially the age group swimmers! Can’t wait for you all to grow up in the facility I always dreamed of swimming in🥇🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/qNehDNONla
— Lilly King (@_king_lil) September 11, 2018