DD2 and North Charleston partner on new pool project

DD2 and North Charleston partner on new pool project
Updated: Apr. 1, 2015 at 6:35 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston and Dorchester District Two are working out an agreement to build a new pool for the school district and city.

The district announced it has selected the city instead of the Summerville YMCA to be its partner on the pool.

"We need something like this," Justin Farnsworth, a DD2 board member said. "This is a big draw for the community."

Voters in DD2 approved spending $7.5 million for the pool in 2012, and North Charleston has agreed to pay all extra costs.

"When I look at it for Dorchester District Two and the community, that's a win," Farnsworth said. "If I can spend $7.5 million dollars and get an aquatic center that in reality is worth $15 million or $16 million dollars, to me that's a really great opportunity."

The official location hasn't been selected yet, but Fort Dorchester High School has been mentioned as a possibility.

"It would be somewhere in North Charleston, within Dorchester County and more specifically within the bounds of Dorchester District Two," Farnsworth said.

The center will be mainly used for high school swim meets as well as activities for seniors and students.

"We are going to push all of our elementary school kids in second and third grade through some sort of swim training, teaching them how to swim, so that's a huge benefit for the community," Farnsworth said.

There's no date on when construction will start but Farnsworth says he hopes it's soon.

"We've got some great swimmers," Farnsworth said. "We've got a really large swimming community but we've never had a full blown aquatic center."

The school district and city have said they're looking at the aquatic center in Greenville County as a guide for size and design.The final cost hasn't been finalized, and North Charleston hasn't yet said how they plan to chip in. Anyone living outside of DD2 will have to pay a small fee to use it.

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