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Dozens Of Bids Received For Aquatic Center

John Gibson

The Evansville Parks Department is crunching numbers for a planned aquatics center. 

Dozens of bids in 17 categories for the project were opened during Wednesday’s parks board meeting.

The bids totaled roughly $30 million.

Parks Director Brian Holtz said that’s in the ballpark…

"In the 20's, high 20's, I think were looking at 26, 27 would be our cap."

Holtz said some adjustments may be needed…

"You start out wanting the best  and you have to look at what we can afford and look at the overall magnitude of the project."

Site preparation is already underway for the planned 70,000 square-foot Deaconess Aquatic Center in Garvin Park, across from Bosse Field.

The old Garvin Park swimming pool, a park shelter, and old basketball and tennis courts have been demolished to make way for the new swimming complex.

It will replace Lloyd Pool on N. First Avenue.

The new center is scheduled to open in November of 2020.