ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- A lazy river, splash park, climbing wall and more are coming to a new public pool in Elizabethtown. 

It may look like a bunch of dirt right now, but the construction at American Legion Park is transforming into a pretty cool place.

"Two 25 foot slides, climbing wall into the deep end, a playground in the middle, lazy river, splash pad," Elizabethtown city engineer Scott Reynolds explained.

The park already has tennis courts, a large playground and a par three golf course. Reynolds says the old city pool at the location was built in the 60s. It has been demolished to make way for the new aquatic center.

City leaders wanted to capitalize on what E-town has to offer, including keeping tourists in town who visit the $29 million sports park that was completed a few years ago.

"Hey what can we do to maximize value for not only the citizens but with tourists that come to town?" Reynolds said of the thinking around town, "with our sports park we feel it's a necessary to just have everybody stay here in Elizabethtown and enjoy our town."

Sports teams in town or residents celebrating a birthday, can rent a room in the pool house. It is all coming together with a lot of planning and money.

"The cost of the project is right at $4 million, the 3.5 is coming from city council through general funds," Reynolds explained. "The remaining $500,000 is from tourism dollars, that's mostly going towards the lazy river, the tourism folks felt it was vital to our project to have that." 

Construction began in June and the aquatic center is set to be open by Memorial Day. Prices to get in are not set yet.

"There will be daily passes, for -- obviously -- the youth will be one charge and adults will be another charge. The hope is to have weekly passes, monthly and summer passes," said Reynolds.

The city will also add additional parking spaces. The aquatic center can accommodate around 750 people.

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