The Lee College Wellness Center will host a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly renovated indoor swimming pool Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the Lee College gymnasium. The public is invited to enjoy light refreshments, an official ribbon cutting, and a guided tour of the updated facility.
Major renovations include a faster, more efficient water filtration system, as well as a new UV system that eliminates waterborne microbes by 99.9%. The new system also reduces combined chlorine in the pool, which improves air quality inside the natatorium. Other major improvements include a new plaster floor, new surface tile around the pool deck, and a permanent pool chair lift to ensure that people of all abilities can benefit from the facility.
The project took four months to complete and was funded by the 2018 Revenue Bond.
“This pool is an untapped gem in the community,” said Karen Guthmiller, Kinesiology and Wellness instructor. “The Lee College wellness center has the only heated,12-foot pool around that is set up for education and training purposes. It’s a valuable resource not only for students and employees, but for our entire service area,” Guthmiller said.
Originally constructed in 1961, the Lee College pool was primarily used for the College’s swim team practice, physical education classes, swimming lessons and lifeguard training. Since then, the facility has undergone several updates, and in 1991 it was named the “Benny Moskowitz Natatorium” in honor of beloved Lee College teacher, coach and former director of student activities, Benny Moskowitz of Baytown. The pool will be re-dedicated in Benny Moskowitz’s name during the grand re-opening event on Jan. 29.
According to Kyle Kelly, Rebel Aquatics Program Planner, the future of the pool is stronger than ever as they plan to incorporate service, innovation and community partnerships to foster growth of the program.
“We are entering uncharted waters when it comes to the direction of our new state-of-the-art aquatics facility, and we plan to set the bar very high for the educational, professional, and communal values. As a result of these renovations, we are positioned to provide a training facility for our direct first responders within the Baytown Police and Fire Departments, as well as other City of Baytown entities. Lee College and Rebel Aquatics are committed to servicing the Baytown community along with all of our surrounding service areas with this new endeavor,” said Kelly.
PBK Architects and Leaf Engineers provided the design for the renovation. Progressive Commercial Aquatics and Comex Corporation were the general contractors, and Tri-Co Mechanical was a major subcontractor. Sledge Engineering provided the Bond Program Management.
For questions about using the pool or how to join the Lee College Wellness Center, contact Jason Summers, Lee College Wellness Coordinator, email@example.com, 281-425-6439.