Ribbon cutting set for HO Dabney Aquatic Center

Ribbon cutting set for HO Dabney Aquatic Center

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H.O. Dabney Aquatic Center Ribbon Cutting announcement video:  https://youtu.be/NncHsUkSZ-s

Ribbon cutting set for H.O. Dabney Aquatic Center

          LEESBURG, FL – The ribbon cutting for Leesburg’s new H.O. Dabney Aquatic Center is set for December 16 at 10:00am at 312 Pine Street, Leesburg. The event will feature remarks by several officials and stakeholders, including Deborah Dabney-Austin, daughter of Hubert O. Dabney.

        Aquatic Center aerial photo  The $5.5 million facility includes an eight-lane competition pool, zero entry multi-purpose pool with slide and a 2,100 square foot building that houses administrative space, concession stand and restroom/shower facilities. After the ceremony attendees will be able to explore the site, including the two-story slide and the pump area.

          The center is named for Hubert O. Dabney, a beloved member of the community who spent 47 years teaching and coaching youth in Lake and Sumter counties. In 1954, at Dabney's urging, the city built a swimming pool in Leesburg's Carver Heights Community. H.O. or “Coach” Dabney, as he was known, then devoted 35 years teaching many of the area residents how to swim in a pool that would later be dedicated in his honor. Coach Dabney’s legacy continues through the naming of the city’s newest recreation amenity.

          “This project was highly anticipated and is truly a collaboration between the city and local community,” said city manager Al Minner. “Although it took a little longer than anticipated to finish, I have no doubt that this facility will make our citizens proud and will serve them well for many years to come.”

          The complex was designed by CPH Engineering with their partner Water Technology, Inc. and was built by Evergreen Construction.

          The public is invited to attend the ceremony. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 352-728-9885.

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 23,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water and wastewater public utilities. Leesburg is also a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.