It is the largest contribution to date for the proposed $22 million, 80,000-square-foot facility that will be built along the health and wellness corridor located off of Route 67, the release said.
“This pledge brings us closer to realizing our dream – to build a state-of-the-art aquatic facility that community members and visitors can utilize for years to come for recreational and wellness, therapeutic and competitive training purposes,” said Kara Haraden, president of the AAC’s Board of Directors.
“This million dollar donation will make a big splash in the efforts to build the Adirondack Aquatic Center and bring all of the positive economic impacts it would entail to the town of Malta and to the place where all good things emanate, the 49th State Senate District,” said state Sen. Jim Tedisco.
The official fundraising campaign will kick off in 2018 and AAC’s Board of Directors is seeking both public and private sector funds. While the intent is to underwrite the project’s cost using private money, financial support from various state and local grant programs is also being sought and will be crucial toward leveraging additional private sector investment.
The not-for-profit organization began work on getting the center — which would include a 50-meter pool — in 2013.
A survey about swimming pools in the Greater Capitol Area was done by TSE Consulting in August 2013 and that’s when the realization of a year-round swimming pool took shape. The Adirondack District Local Swim Committee determined Malta would be the center location for the project.
Last year, it was reported the group was eyeing a 2020 opening for the facility.
“Sports tourism is an incredibly promising market right now and we need to be at the forefront of this innovative curve,” said Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner. “The Adirondack Aquatic Center truly will be a flagship facility that will become central to our community and serve as a premiere aquatics center in New York state.”
The multi-use, year-round facility will hold four pools, including a 50-meter Olympic-size pool, of varying lengths, depths and temperatures for diverse swim programs such as learn to swim, exercise and rehabilitation, as well as training and competition. Plans also include ample spectator seating, classroom areas, meeting rooms, aquatic-focused exercise and weight room, studio/multi-purpose area, pro shop, concessions area and locker rooms.
“As the Capital Region and Tech Valley continue to evolve, an aquatic center will further enhance our standing as a recreational and family-friendly destination,” said Andrew Kennedy, president & CEO, Center for Economic Growth. “A facility of this size and with this variety of offerings would be unique to upstate and help put us on the map in the aquatic community.”
“This facility will provide a substantial economic benefit to Saratoga County and the entire region,” said Dennis A. Brobston, president, Saratoga Economic Development Corporation. “Aquatic competitions and events will bring an estimated $20 to $30 million to the area annually.”