Indoor pool planned in Berkeley Lake area

LAWRENCEVILLE - Construction of Gwinnett's fourth indoor aquatic center will soon be under way.

Commissioners agreed last week to a $16 million contract, which would construct the pool in addition to multipurpose fields and trails in the Berkeley Lake area.

According to Community Services Director Phil Hoskins, the pool will be similar to one at Mountain Park Park, which features a 10-lane competition pool and a smaller warm water pool for senior aerobics classes.

But the West Gwinnett center will have extra seating, since the Mountain Park one gets cramped during meets, Hoskins said.

"You need deck space for swimmers, but also seating for spectators," he said. "It's going to serve a regional area, and we know how popular the other facilities are."

The county also has indoor facilities at Bogan Park in the Buford area and Collins Hill Park in the Lawrenceville area.

Like many other county parks, the West Gwinnett Park will include an outdoor pool area with other features.

Located on 22.5 acres at the corner of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and South Berkeley Lake Road, the park and pool are expected to draw people from Duluth, Norcross and Peachtree Corners.

"Residents in the western edge of Gwinnett County have dreamed about getting an aquatics facility in their community for many years," said Commissioner Bert Nasuti, who represents the area. "It won't be too long before people of all ages will reap the health benefits and enjoyment of swimming."