The Alexandria City Council passed the City’s annual budget last night, including $22.5 million for aquatics in the city. City Council’s approved Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) reserves $17 million in 2016 and 2017 for bringing two pools, including one 50-meter pool, to Chinquapin Rec Center.
AAA is trying to determine the final amounts included in the CIP for a feasibility study and additional pools. The plan includes either $500,000 or $600,000 in 2014 for a feasibility study. The plan also includes either $4.4 million or $5 million in 2018 for additional pools.
The City is relying on the private sector to raise $5 million to build the additional pools. The inclusion of some funds for additional pools allows AAA a stable platform — a demonstration of the City’s commitment to aquatics — to begin fundraising.
AAA would like to thank the Mayor and City Council, the City Manager, and City Staff for committing to the future of aquatics in Alexandria.