On the day before Thanksgiving, recreation center director Wilma Erven said she had a lot to be thankful for. “This facility is one of them,” she said, as a grand re-opening celebration was held to mark the completion of the aquatics expansion. Because voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of a penny sales tax to build the recreation center, then approved an extension before it was due to sunset, the project was entirely cash funded. A number of individuals also contributed funds, and grants were obtained from the Daniels Fund, El Pomar and the Gates Foundation. Erven also recognized FCI Contractors, city leaders, the facility’s six coordinators and architect Bruce Flynn who helped create a dream plan, then scaled it back so it was possible to complete two of the phases — an addition to the fitness area and the expanded aquatics facility. As shown in the photo above, the addition includes a warm-water wellness pool, a lazy river, therapy pool (upper right) and family changing rooms. The main pool can be seen through the opening behind the lifeguard.