Just in time for the hot, hot heat, Elk Grove has opened their new state-of-the-art aquatics center on May 25. The facility, located at 9701 Big Horn Blvd., includes various pools designed for competitive aquatics, instruction, water fitness and family recreation. Not only does the center have Elk Grove’s largest competition pool but along with a 25-yard instructional pool, the public can be assured that they are swimming in a safe and professional environment. If chilling out in the sun is more your vibe, the recreational pool also has a lazy river for those who would rather float than swim. Two 30-foot slides will surely make a splash this summer with the young ones, and snacks will be available at Grover’s Grotto concession stand. In case you’re on the hunt for rentable party space, consider the aquatics center an amusing option for the whole family. The facility is operated by the Cosumnes Community Services District and will be home to two Elk Grove swim teams; the Elk Grove Gators and the Elk Grove Piranhas. For athletes, the facility contains a meet management room, team locker rooms and a fully functional Colorado timing system with scoreboard. If you need help swimming or becoming more advanced, classes are also available. For more information and to register for classes, go to Elkgrovecity.org.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 10 of issue #294 (June 19 – July 3, 2019)**