It was interesting to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Aquatic Center located at 225 SW Avery St. in the Newport on February 11, 2017. It was a well-attended event by the public and City officials. The bond to build the pool was passed in 2013 and it was a long and challenging process to completion. Conducting the meeting was the City Manager who turned the microphone over to the Mayor who gave thanks to the several organizations and individuals for a job well done. The construction company spoke about the challenges of building the Aquatic center in the middle of the City between the Recreation center and the Senior Center in addition to the construction snags they encountered due to soil conditions and slope of the property. The architect of the project explained how the vision of the public and recreation department helped them to formulate the plans. There was also a representative from the Newport Swim Team that explained the many benefits the new pool will mean to the swim team and how vital the program is for the swimmers. The Newport Recreation Department explained the many uses the pool will have and benefits for the residents and by the end everyone had a greater appreciation for the hard work and time that was devoted to building the beautiful Aquatic Center.