According to a social media post by Montgomery County Recreation on Wednesday morning, a water proofing test took place for the main pool at the building site of the Silver Spring Recreation and Aquatic Center this week. Construction on the South County Regional Recreation and Aquatic Center that is located at 1315 Apple Ave began in 2019.
The new facility will be located in Downtown Silver Spring, in the ‘Central Business District’ of Silver Spring as part of a Public-Private Partnership undertaken with the Housing Opportunity Commission and the Lee Development Group. According to a recent report by Source of the Spring, “This is not just a pool, it’s a monster… It combines an aquatic facility and a large recreation center. We do not have this kind of space down county.”
The project includes approximately 120,000 Gross Square Feet of public recreation space within HOC’s larger housing project. The facility itself will include typical recreation and leisure activities. Pools will be designed for general swimming, low level diving, exercise, aquatic play, high school competitions, training, and teaching. A gymnasium, exercise and weight room spaces, movement and dance studios, multipurpose activity rooms, public use space, and social space with a culinary arts kitchen will also be included. Senior programs will be provided by a coordinated program with Holy Cross Hospital’s “Senior Source” and The Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame will also be housed in the new center, according to Source of the Spring.
The project is currently expected to open in Spring 2023 and additional information, including renderings and photos/videos of progress can be viewed here.