The North Port City Commission approved a construction contract to build the North Port Aquatic Center at Butler Park today


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The North Port City Commission approved a construction contract to build the North Port Aquatic Center at Butler Park today


About the Project
The North Port City Commission instructed staff on May 22, 2017 to move forward with design and development of a Family Aquatic Center at Butler Park.

The City Commission voted 5-0 to approve the initial concept of an aquatic facility with amenities such as a 25-meter stretch pool, a lazy river, a kids activity pool with zero entry, two body flumes (or slides), a bowl slide, shade structures, a bath house with locker rooms, a small concession area, fencing, and more.

The City Commission also approved a contract with Kimley-Horn for the design, permitting, and construction management of the project.

Click here to watch the City Commission special meeting on Monday, May 22, 2017.

The City Commission approved a construction contract with Recreational Design & Construction, Inc. on June 12, 2018 for $10,832,069.79. Click here to watch the City Commission meeting on June 12.

The pool will be located at Butler Park in an area that encompasses the existing playground. The playground will be relocated to another area of Butler Park.

“We are thrilled to be moving forward with a project that we know the entire North Port community will enjoy,” said Sandy Pfundheller, General Services Director. “This aquatic center and anticipated programming will have something for everyone. The facility will not only enhance quality of life for our residents, it will also be an economic driver.”

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place promptly at 9:30 a.m. (gathering starts at 9 a.m.) at Butler Park, 6207 W. Price Blvd. Light refreshments will be served.

At this time, the City has not determined any vending or concession needs for food or service providers.

For more information, contact the General Services Department at (941) 429-7113.

Project Concept
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Project Timing
The estimated project schedule is as follows (and may change):

June 2017  Start Design Work
December 2017  Plans Complete
January 2018  Permitting Review
February 2018  Advertise for Bids
June 2018  Contract Award
July 2018  Begin Construction
July 2019  Open to the Public


Project History
The North Port Aquatic Center has been a vision of the local community for several years. The City of North Port has an Aquatic Center Master Plan, which was developed in 2010. Here is a look at some of the history.


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