Troubled Waters At Augusta Aquatics Center
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Sounds like the county needs AASL as their only revenue. Can’t wait to see how they run the talked about water park.
Ok, Columbia County, you know what we have to do. Build it and they will come..
Typical ARC. Everyone needs to remember that the Aquatic Center was built for the 1996 Olympics. It was not built by the County. Sounds to me like ARC needs to get off of their A$$, and get to work. ARC needs to be reminded that the Aquatic Center was a GIFT to ARC. The Commissioner for the Aquatic Center area, should be ashamed that this is being made public. Time for he/she to get to work as well. The Parks and Recreation department needs to stop looking a gift horse in the mouth. Good reporting, BTW !!
Is that accurate? The Olympic swimming was held at the venue built at GA Tech in Atlanta. A local architect designed this one. It’s no where near Olympic specs either.
IIRC, it was built for the Georgia Games.
It was built for the Georgia Games that were an offshoot of the Atlanta Olympics to promote sports across the state. I believe a good bit of private money was used. The GA Tech pool is amazing. There are many design flaws at the AAC. It’s been 10 years since I was involved with ASL, but we were seeing a lot of problems then.
IIRC, it was built for the Georgia Games.
Accountability resides within the top leadership. Until there is a major overhaul in county elected and appointed figures nothing will change for the better. Incompetence in Richmond County is pervasive and malignant. It’s easy to see for anyone who cares about the future of the heart of our metro area.
Another embarrassment, how typical.
That building has been a disaster since day 1. Besides a hideous design, the ventilation has always been a nightmare in the swim auditorium. You can barely breathe in there because of the humidity and chlorine smell. They are lucky the AASL uses it. Instead of a water park, they could take that money along with the other Covid-windfall and build something decent. Columbia County is on the brink. To not keep lights changed and dropping timing equipment in the water is sheer negligence. I wonder how often the Health Department inspects the water quality?
Richmond County government is the worst…an absolute, inept embarrassment. Anything they touch turns to crap. The mindset of our city/county governing body..not all of them…is mind bogglingly retarded (and that is in no way a slight to people who are mentally “slow”). This city is quickly becoming broken, crime-infested, filthy, and uninhabitable…much like Atlanta, Detroit, and Chicago. I used to love Atlanta. Now I’m embarrassed. I used to hate it when people would jokingly call it “Disgusta”…..now I see why they do. The quality of life in this city has plummeted since “Hardly” Davis took over.
Exactly I have often said that Augusta is not the garden city, it’s the garbage city. I am embarrassed to have friends and family visit. They marvel at the horrible drivers and road side trash. I own property here and it would be a major issue to relocate. Otherwise I would.
Without the AASL that place will shut down, and maybe that needs to happen.
You have to respect Ms. Harper for putting it all on the table. Now maybe with any luck things will be corrected and they can get back to swimming.
Is there anything the government of Augusta-Richmond County (ARC) touches that does not turn into crap? Why do we have a Legal Dept. and attorneys who cannot keep up with contract status? Does ARC ever generate a capital project execution plan that identifies long-term maintenance requirements and their costs? Seems like everything the elected officials and department heads of ARC know about running a city and a county was learned from watching The Dukes of Hazzard.
TypicAL TREATMENT BY mCdOWELL TO FACILITY USERS, i KNOW FIRST HAND !