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Aquatic Center opens with donor preview event


Anthony Ruiz

Ashlyn Hawkins, 6, takes her first trip down the children's tree slide at the leisure pool in the Sidney Aquatic Center during Thursday's donor recognition preview. The aquatic center officially opened to the public on Friday.

While it appeared early on the threat of lightning would put a damper on the donor preview of Sidney's new aquatic center late Thursday afternoon, weather conditions cleared up just enough to allow children some pool fun ahead of Friday's official opening.

"It's been five years in the making," said Tom Von Seggern, park superintendent for the City of Sidney. "People are getting excited to come out."

Construction on the $5 million aquatic center began Aug. 17 last year and passed its final state inspection this week just in time for Memorial Day weekend. It was funded through grants, speci...

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