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Shawnee Mission school board approves plans for new aquatic center

Complex to be built at Lenexa City Center
Posted: 12:53 PM, Sep 26, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-26 13:53:07-04

LENEXA, Kan. — A new aquatic center for high school students took a big step toward becoming a reality Monday night. Shawnee Mission School District board members approved a contract to build the facility.

The complex will have two indoor pools, one of which is 50 meters long. There will be seating for spectators, concessions, and a locker room. The designer, ACI Boland Architects, presented a virtual tour to board members Monday night. 

The project will cost more than $20 million. Most of the money to pay for the center comes from a bond voters in the Shawnee Mission School District approved in 2015. 

The facility will allow Shawnee Mission high schools to host large swim meets, something none are currently capable of. 

A partnership between the city of Lenexa and the Shawnee Mission School District helped turn the concept into a reality. Lenexa offered the district land near its city center and agreed to pay for half the cost of the aquatic center's parking garage. 

Photo courtesy the Shawnee Mission School District