Up & Coming Weekly

March 05, 2019

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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10 UCW MARCH 6-12, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Fayetteville City Council has funded another outdoor swimming pool. e Lake Rim Aquatic Center will feature a kiddie pool plus a six-lane competi- tion pool. Lake Rim Park is off Old Raeford Road on Fayetteville's west side. Tentative plans are to build the pools on the park soccer field, accord- ing to the city. M & E Contracting of Fayetteville received the $2.4 million contract. City Council formally adopted the construction contract without discus- sion Feb. 25. e project was agreed to several months ago. e Lake Rim Aquatic Center will be the city's fourth public swimming pool — the third since 2015. e oth- ers are Chalmers Pool at Seabrook Park on Slater Avenue, Bates Pool at College Lakes Recreation Center and Westover Pool off Bonanza Drive. e new Lake Rim Park facilities are being funded through regular capitol development appropriations, not the $35 million Parks and Recreation Bond referendum of 2016. e city had been playing public pool catch-up since 2015 when it had but one pool. At the same time, Fort Bragg Family & Military Welfare Recre- ation operated five swimming pools on post, two of which are indoor facilities. Under the leadership of former mayor Nat Robertson, the city de- cided to develop at least three pools and seven splash pads. Four splash pads are already open and a fifth is under construction. Fayetteville offi- cials said attendance at city pools has increased by 40 percent since 2016. As part of the aforementioned Parks and Recreation Bond issue, a multipurpose aquatic and senior center and fieldhouse were initially proposed. But the $28 million project was scrapped, according to Parks and Recreation Director Michael Gibson. It would have included a large indoor multi-use aquatic and senior center. Would-be features included an indoor pool, fitness room, racquetball courts, indoor track and playing surface and community meeting space. Fayetteville to add another swimming pool by JEFF THOMPSON NEWS e Lake Rim Aquatic Center will be the city's fourth public swimming pool. RED HOT PIPERS CHILLI A blazing rock band of pipers, guitarists, keyboardists and drummers! Hear explosive covers of your favorite songs from Amazing Grace to the greatest hits of AC/DC, Queen, Journey, Coldplay and more! MARCH 20, 7:30 P.M. UNCP.EDU/GPAC 910.521.6361 GPAC GIVENS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT PEMBROKE

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