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Clarksville aquatic center closing for season during Caribbean-themed makeover

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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Summer seems a long way away but a popular hot spot in Clarksville will not be open at all this year.

The Family Aquatic Center has had major problems with old equipment. That’s all about to change and it'll soon feel like you're taking a trip to the tropics.

It's hard to imagine summer when pools are filled with snow, but the Clarksville Parks and Recreation department is planning a major overhaul.

The town is about to start redeveloping the aquatic center with a Caribbean theme.

"Instead of them coming off the slide into a pool, it's gonna be a water runoff," said Ken Conklin, Marketing and Programming Coordinator for Clarksville Parks & Recreation.

On Wednesday, Conklin gave WDRB a tour of the center that opened in 1995.

The facility is more than 20 years old and has outdated and failing equipment. The pool even shut down a few days last year after a 6-inch pipe broke underground.

"You know, more competition, you've got New Albany now with the new facility, you've got Jeffersonville has their nice facility and you've got Kentucky Kingdom back up,” said Conklin. “and more people with backyard pools - so there's just we need to change with the times and update a little bit."

In 2015 the parks department spent $19,700 on pool chemicals and $26,700 on utilities like water and electricity.

The new pump system could cut those numbers in half. The upgrades, that'll cost roughly $4 million, will be covered by property tax revenue mainly from businesses.

"Funds have been approved all we have to do now is bid the project out and get work started,” said Conklin.

That work includes a splash pad Conklin says will be unique to southern Indiana. It’ll have play structures, water slides, and discovery streams.

They'll also redo the current slides and try to keep admission costs close to what they are now.

The new design will require three lifeguards instead of 12 and have a new concessions space, smoking area, and birthday pavilion.

"It's just gonna be an amazing facility for families and that's what we're hoping will come visit our center," said Conklin.

The upgraded water park is set to open in 2017 and may even have a brand new name.

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