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State Awards City $225,000 for Water Park Renovations

The money is from a bond bill, which would pay part of the $1.2 million price tag.

Before closing the 2011 session, the Maryland General Assembly awarded Gaithersburg a $255,000 bond bill to renovate the water park at Bohrer Park, City officials reported.

The renovations would include a new gutter system and toddler pool, said Pete Geiling, the City's Capitol Projects Manager. But several other smaller projects, like possibly expanding the lap-swimming area to include additional lanes and repairing the water slides, are being considered as well.

The pool was constructed in 1990, and it has "reached it's lifecycle," he said. It has been patched and repaired several times over the years.

Total cost for the project is estimated at $1.2 million, he said.

So far a design contract has been awarded for $50,000.

The two phase construction will begin the first day after the pool closes at the end of the summer, and pause during the winter months, Geiling said. Then when the weather warms again in the spring, construction will resume.

The pool features water slides, a zero-depth beach-style entry, fountains and lap pool.

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