A 10-year anniversary party for the natatorium is scheduled for Saturday, June 29. Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey and members of the Jasper City Council agreed Tuesday to give more than $400 each from discretionary funds to pay for the event.
“The natatorium is a great facility that has added so much to our community,” Posey said. “We are excited to celebrate 10 years.”
The anniversary event will open with a 5k run, which will benefit Northwest Alabama Special Ministries, a church catering to people with special needs.
The natatorium will open at 9 a.m. and hold free open swimming throughout the day. A free water aerobics class will be held at 10 and an AquaZumba demonstration will be held at noon.
The day will also include live music as well as free hot dogs and cokes.
“It’s going to be a great family day,” Council member Jennifer Smith said. “It’s a way we can say thank you to the community for supporting the Nat for 10 years.”
Councilman Gary Cowen said the natatorium is one of the more popular locations in Jasper.
“When we first built it, I got all kind of comments, saying ‘you idiot, why are we building this thing because no one will ever use it,’” Cowen said. “Now, people are always saying we need another one or why didn’t we build it bigger.”