Mayor’s Office of Communications
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|Sonji Jacobs, Director
Jennifer Ogunsola, Communications Manager
Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/22/13
City Officials and APS Announce Relocation, Re-Opening of Martin Luther King Jr. Pool
Partnership with Atlanta Public Schools offers a solution for pool access on the east side of Atlanta; fitness center relocated to Grant Park Recreation Center
ATLANTA – In partnership with the Atlanta Public Schools System, City of Atlanta officials announced today the relocation and re-opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. pool, now located at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. Community leaders and long-time supporters of the city’s aquatics program attended the announcement and applauded the city for its commitment to ensuring that Atlanta’s residents and visitors continue to have access to an aquatics facility on the east side of Atlanta.
"The city of Atlanta is committed to providing residents access to high quality recreational facilities in their communities,” said Chief Operating Officer Duriya Farooqui. “This collaboration with Atlanta Public Schools is a win-win for residents and students of King Middle School.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, located at 582 Connally St., S.E., Atlanta, GA 30312, is within a two-mile radius of the Martin Luther King Jr. Natatorium. Patrons will have access to the indoor six-lane, 25 meter pool as well as locker room facilities with showers, which are all located on the bottom floor of the middle school. There is also free parking in the neighborhood, adjacent to the school.
As part of the collaboration with King Middle School, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will offer swimming lessons to students during school hours. As a result of this partnership, there will be both public access hours and student swim class hours at the natatorium Monday through Friday.
"While our primary focus is on serving the nearly 50,000 students who attend our schools, we also proudly serve the communities in which our schools are located,” said Erroll B. Davis, Jr., Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools. “This partnership will benefit both our students and the community, and it is an example of our renewed commitment to all of our stakeholders."
Lap swimming, water aerobics, lessons, the Developmental Swim League (DSL) and City of Atlanta Dolphins (CAD) swim teams will be offered during public access times.
“Over the past few months, the Atlanta Public School System has generously stepped up and worked diligently to help the City of Atlanta ensure that its residents have access to the aquatics program in a safe facility,” said George Dusenbury, Commissioner, Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. “This partnership will not only benefit the city and its residents, but the students at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School will now be offered aquatics lessons from certified swim coaches during school hours.”
The fitness center that was located at the original MLK Natatorium has been moved to Grant Park Recreation Center, which is within a one-mile radius of Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center. There have been several updates at Grant Park Recreation Center to ensure that patrons have an updated, fully equipped fitness center.
In November 2012, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs closed the pool and fitness center of the Martin Luther King Jr. Natatorium indefinitely due to safety and security issues identified in a building assessment conducted by an engineering firm.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center remains open, and is not impacted by the closing of the pool and fitness center.
For the new public access hours of operation for Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Natatorium, visit the City of Atlanta’s Office of Recreation’s Aquatics webpage.
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The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (DPRCA) enhances the lives of City of Atlanta residents and visitors by offering programs, services and activities that encourage participation in recreational activities, leisure and cultural experiences. DPRCA has earned the distinction of being accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), the highest honor bestowed on a parks system, and sets it apart from thousands of other parks systems throughout the nation.