The grand opening of the much anticipated Community Aquatic and Recreation facility happened this past weekend. The state of the art facility cut the ribbon on October 22, 2011. This 32,500 square foot facility includes six lane competition swimming pool, warm water therapy pool, fully equipped fitness facility, locker and shower rooms, a wet classroom, multi-use classrooms, and a physical and occupational therapy facility operated by GMH. This facility will help teach all future students of Garrett County on how to swim with their “I Can Swim” program. I think this a great program considering how much water and water related activities that Garrett County has to offer. They are hoping to attract future swimming events as well. Swim teams will be another sport to add to
Garrett County has had a long road to accommodate this facility. Early plans had this on top of Wisp mountain near the ASCI white water course. Now seeing this facility in its almost entirety, I personally believe this is the perfect location for it. It fits in nicely with the rest of Garrett Community College. The second phase is slated for an early spring completion. The gymnasium will be 34,000 square foot facility with three full size basketball courts with 1,600+ seating for events. Graduations should be much easier to accommodate for Northern and Southern Garrett High Schools.
The facility is offering a variety of membership plans to the community from individual to family. You can get their rates and hours of operation from their website at http://gccarc.com/