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Final community meeting on South Billings Aquatic Center to be held Thursday night

Posted at 4:28 PM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:49:13-04

BILLINGS – Last month, the Billings City Council approved $26 million to build a new aquatic center on the South Side.

A&E, the architecture firm tasked with developing the plans, will host the final community meeting on Thursday to unveil their initial plans for the project. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Montana Convention Center.

“This is something that our community really needs,” said Dusty Eaton, the CEO of A&E. “We need to step forward and take the opportunity that’s before us and really capitalize on it.”

The firm has taken comment from the community and based their initial designs off of that input. Once they unveil the initial renderings, they will take additional comments and hope to complete their master plan in the next month.

Eaton said he believes this center has the potential to make an impact on a regional scale.

“How does this recreation center become a draw regionally?” said Eaton. “We can create a facility that doesn’t exist in the state of Montana right now and really become a regional draw.”

The city sealed the purchase of 10 acres of land near the area of Amend Park for the center.