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Swim & Racquet redo nearly done

It’s nearly a wrap for the public Swim & Racquet Center’s $5.1 million redo.

Construction sign-off is expected in the next two weeks, said Briann Harms, interim executive director, Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District.

The new splash pad and playground at the pool and tennis courts complex at 21626 St. Andrews Boulevard? Done. They both have covered seating.

“They’re open and free to the public,” with memberships and daily rates available for the swimming pool and 26 tennis courts, Harms added.

“In the mornings, every court is taken,” said tennis associate Sheila D. Baldwin. That day, tennis lessons for kids were in session and parents were parked on the bleachers.

The parking lot was extended with 30 more spaces? Done.

The overhang at the tennis pro shop turned into a multi-purpose room for meetings, gatherings and shelter.

The old Chuck’s Steakhouse on the property was demolished two years ago. Now’s there’s a new, two-story community building. It has restrooms, locker rooms and meetings rooms on the first floor. District offices and the board room are upstairs.

A new gate and split-rail fence went up at the entrance along St. Andrews. A maintenance building behind the pro shop replaces a trailer.

Resurfacing the pool is on the district’s wish list to come next, Harms said.

An official ribbon cutting and open house was held July 20 to dedicate the improvements.

“This is a reminder of how many recreation programs we have in the city,” said Mayor Scott Singer.

By Marci Shatzman

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