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Augusta Aquatics Center Faces Continuing Challenges



The Augusta Parks and Recreation Department closed the Augusta Aquatic Center on Friday, Aug. 27 for no stated reason, and a recent resignation just guaranteed the center’s struggles will get harder.

Not only did the Parks and Recreation department offer no reason for the closure, no employees w...

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  1. For the next Augusta government department head replacement, instead of using nepotism, political patronage, and race as the hiring criteria, hire an engineer with management experience in a for-profit industrial facility and training and certification in project management. Augusta has a bad record of building parks, recreation facilities and government buildings without recognizing the long-term staffing, maintenance, and operating requirements and associated costs. The mayor and most commissioners are visionaries who come up with ideas and plans, but have no clue about implementing and maintaining them. They would respond by saying that they hire competent people to implement and maintain their ideas and plans. How can one judge employee competence if one does not understand the design, procurement, construction and operation of a project? The non-compliant landfill and swimming pools reflect the inability of the Augusta government to effectively manage Augusta’s facilities and activities. Good engineers also know how to perform a root cause analysis to determine the cause of a problem and identity the optimal solution.

  2. I used to swim in high school and year round with ASL. I’ve been in that pool countless times. I recently joined (guess I’m counted in that 2021 revenue) again for an annual membership to keep in shape. That past few weeks I’ve been, you’d never guess this place was having the problems as described in the article. I hope things can get resolved because, in my opinion, it’s not that bad of a facility overall.

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