Tucked away in the woods and blocked off to foot and vehicle traffic since 2015, Wavering Aquatic Center—a once bustling Quincy summertime hotspot—will soon see new life (albeit in a different form).

On March 15, the Quincy Park District held an open house to gather interest on what should occupy the space within Wavering Park. Ideas included a community event complex, a premier shelter area, a trio of tee-ball fields, a campground, a dog park, or a natural preserve planting for wildlife. Once a project is decided, construction is tentatively slated for 2018.

Wavering Aquatic Center closed its doors for good in August of 2015 after voters defeated four months earlier what would have been a $5.5 million referendum to renovate the property and keep the Aquatic Center alive. According to Director of Parks, Matt Higley, the average lifespan for a public pool is 30 years. Wavering Aquatic Center lasted 34.

Opened in 1981, the facility included a diving area with two boards, locker rooms, a kiddie pool, and a large recreational pool with a waterslide (the wooden staircase of which was deemed unsafe and blocked off in 2014).

Here’s what the facility looks like today:

Park officials are currently bidding out the removal of the concrete areas including the pools and pool decks. Once complete, the ground will be filled in and leveled in preparation for whatever becomes of the land.

What do you think should be done with the property?

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