Russel and Evelyn Fahl Aquatic Center now open in Columbia City

The New Russel and Evelyn Fahl Aquatics center replaces the 60 year old Burnworth pool that many of the residents grew up with. The city celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon on Saturday.

Posted: Jul. 7, 2018 6:49 PM
Updated: Jul. 9, 2018 12:36 PM

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WFFT)- The new Russel and Evelyn Fahl Aquatics Center opened up to the public Saturday afternoon after a ribon cutting ceremony.

"I'm really surprised at how big it is for as little of a town it is. It's cool to see everybody coming together to make something happen,"Sarah Fear said.

Fear came out to the park with her family and they got there early to be some of the first people to experience it.

The groundbreaking was last year and today the gates are open for entry. It's part of a multimillion dollar project the mayor said wouldn't be possible without teamwork.

"It's a huge accomplishment for this community, for the residents, the donors, and everybody that made this project possible. What I think is so neat about this facility is you partner this with our new high school that's being built, and you really have such a tremendous growth and opportunity for Columbia City,"Mayor Ryan Daniel said.

$844,000 of the city's regional cities fund was used to help with the project in hopes of making it a place residents can be proud of and inspire others to potentially live and work in Columbia City. For Pam McCoy, who is the daughter of Russel and Evelyn Fahl, it's a dream come true for her parents.

"I'm sure my parents are in heaven high fiving right now, and i'm sure it was beyond their wildest dreams too. Dad would say, 'I'm looking at this and I'm thinking that's really me? i did all of this?,' They were really humble about everything, and yet they wanted to bless because they felt so blessed, and they wanted to pass it on,"McCoy said.

Residents had the option to get membership to the aquatics center or pay a dollar for entry. Some of them were outside a little before 10:30am just to be the first to experience it all.

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