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Bethesda Park drawing visitors with aquatic center

LAWRENCEVILLE - Bethesda Park has a new aquatic center thanks to a $10.4 million expansion project.

The new 31,000-square-foot center boosts a 7,000-square-foot indoor leisure pool, a 100-foot slide that exits and re-enters the building, and a water play structure.

Without an indoor structure for park visitors, Bethesda Park management believed an indoor aquatic center and additional sports field were needed.

Funded by sales tax, the expansion project was approved to improve the park's existing fixtures and add new additions that would attract more visitors.

Open seven days a week to the public, the aquatic center has quickly become a favorite for park visitors.

The water play structure has tumble buckets, a vortex and a ceiling spray. The center, specifically the children's area, has quickly become a popular place to come and cool off from the summer heat.

Bethesda Park is the not the only park in Gwinnett County to have an aquatic center, although Bethesda's center is the newest.

Costs to enter the new center vary from $2 to $5 depending on age.

Swim lessons and swim classes are offered to the public in the new aquatic center. The indoor pools are also available for rent Friday through Sunday after normal operating hours.

Also a part of the Bethesda Park expansion project, a new football complex and picnic area opened to the public last summer.

The park has 10 baseball/softball fields, six soccer fields, a playground and a 1.5 mile-long multi-purpose trail.

Bethesda park is located on 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville. You can find more information by calling 678-924-6334 or online at www.gwinnettparks.com.