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Swim facility planned for Berkeley Lake

BERKELEY LAKE - Bert Nasuti didn't have the sunny spring day for which he'd hoped, but the drizzly, cold weather Tuesday provided a good backdrop to talk about a new swimming center in western Gwinnett.

"Today's not really a good day to swim, but when this facility opens, every day will be a good day to swim. Weather won't be a factor," Nasuti said.

The District 2 commissioner and other county staff officials unveiled the plans Tuesday for an indoor aquatic center, which would include a 25-yard by 25-meter competition pool and an smaller instructional pool on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard at South Berkeley Lake Road. A third pool will be built outdoors to encompass 9,000-square-feet and include aquatic playground features.

The site, now covered in two-foot-tall pine trees, will also hold three multi-purpose fields, including one with a lighted track around it, a picnic pavilion, playground and restroom facilities.

The aquatic center is modeled after the popular Mountain Park Aquatic Center in the Lilburn area.

Mary Beth Stickney and Sharon Feeney, who are part of the Norcross High School swim team boosters, said they were glad to see a swim center come to that corner of the county.

"This is going to be fabulous," said Feeney, adding that the school's team currently practices in Forsyth County and holds meets on the west side of Atlanta.

Stickney said she wasn't sure if her teenagers would enjoy the rest of the park, but it would be a great feature for people with younger children.

"It looked really nice," she said. "It's wonderful for the community."

Nasuti said he wanted to hold the unveiling Tuesday on the park's site because people have shown interest in it for years.

He said it was the first project he began pushing when he was elected to the Board of Commissioners six years ago. While he often gives informational sessions to the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association, he wanted to be able to tell people in Berkeley Lake and Duluth about the accomplishment.

"The last thing we have to do is build a park," he said.

According to officials, construction will begin either later this year or in early 2007. The outdoor pool should be open by Memorial Day 2008, while the indoor facilities may open sooner.