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2015

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T H E J E W E L I N H O M E W O O D ' S C R O W N h o m e w o o d c h a m b e r. o r g 49 When Homewood's new Community Center opened on Memorial Day weekend in 2014, it was the beginning of Homewood's busiest pool season ever. More than 75,000 visitors enjoyed the new pool and center during the summer of 2014 — doubling previous years' atten- dance. The city's new 51,829-square-foot center cost a little over $16 million to construct and sits on the site of the former 40-year-old center. The state-of-the-art center features two gymnasi- ums, a fi tness center with cardio and weight machines and free weight equipment, an elevated two-lane indoor walking/jogging track, two fi tness studios, men's & women's locker rooms, a vending lounge area, an event room available for rent, and free WiFi. The expanded and modern space allowed the Homewood Parks & Recreation Department to host the 2015 Alabama Recreation and Parks Association state championship basketball tournament. The city hosted over 100 teams from around the state and an estimated 4,000 paid fans, with an estimated $400,000 economic impact. The additional space has also expanded offerings of fi tness classes and encouraged larger athletic leagues. The popular new pool proved a true summer oasis for Homewood residents. The pool features an 8-lane, 25-yard competition pool, a splash park (wet play- ground), a zero-depth entrance ramp, a water vortex, a full concession area, men's & women's locker rooms, and a party room for rentals. In addition to the new community center at Central Park, there have been a number of improvements made Clockwise from left: Community Center exterior and parking; pool; indoor gym and track; conference rooms.

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