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Civic Center outdoor pool opening set

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A rendering of the new splash pad and zero-foot entry pool planned at the Gallatin Civic Center. /Submitted
The Gallatin Civic Center's new outdoor pool complex will feature three water slides, a splash pad and other splash equipment. /Josh Cross
Construction crews work to complete the Gallatin Civic Center's new outdoor pool complex ahead of its scheduled opening on May 27. /Josh Cross

Gallatin's new $2.7 million outdoor pool complex at the Civic Center is almost complete.

A grand opening for the pool, located at 210 Albert Gallatin Ave., is scheduled for May 27.

"This is the next step towards having a complex that is unmatched," Parks and Recreation Director David Brown said. "It's going to be a hit."

The new project, which will replace the city's previous outdoor pool at Municipal Park, will feature a zero-foot entry pool that increases in depth to about 5 feet. The facility will also include three water slides, a splash pad and other splash equipment like umbrellas and a streaming water tank.

In addition to private pool party bookings, a designated area for birthday parties will also be available for rent. There is no membership or residency requirement to use the pool.

"It's exciting that a lot of the added amenities are in place and people can go by, see it and get an idea of what it's going to be like," Mayor Paige Brown said. "I'm very hopeful that not only will our residents use it, but that we'll have people from around our area come and use that pool as well."

The project is the first expansion of the Civic Center since it opened in March 1994. It will be part of the Tommy Garrott Aquatics Facility, which was named last year after former Gallatin mayor and city councilman Joseph "Tommy" Garrott who died in September 2015.

Additional lifeguards are needed at the Civic Center, which will host American Red Cross lifeguard certification classes each month through May. For more information contact (615) 451-5911 or email robby.riley@gallatin-tn.gov.

As for future expansion projects, Brown said there have been discussions about possibly adding a lazy river at the Civic Center depending on how successful of the new outdoor pool is. There are currently no plans for what will happen with the old Municipal Park pool site nearby.

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