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Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - The Detroit Lakes Community Center is taking on its second biggest project ever: An overhaul of the aquatic center.

At 13 years old, they said it was time, but the project got pushed forward a bit after a lightning strike last year.

The aquatic center in Detroit Lakes is getting a full-on facelift from the inside out.

All it takes is a little elbow grease… Well, and $725,000.

Kim Bettcher- Marketing Director: "It's just an area we really felt we wanted to do some upgrading to."

Crews are on site starting this week to overhaul the pool, pool deck, waterslide, locker rooms, and air handling units.

Two of the main air-handling units were struck by lightning last August, causing some humidity issues in the pool area which damaged the paint.

So, the whole place is getting a fresh coat.

One of the most noticeable changes will be the slip-resistant floor; safer for people in wheelchairs and kids with wet feet.

Bettcher: "The flooring will have better transitions. That's something we had concerns about from a safety standpoint."

That's good news to Leslie Johnson, who teaches classes in the pools, working with people with arthritis, Parkinsons, and MS.

Leslie Johnson- Class Instructor: "It's time. We've used it well and it's had little things redone to it but it's time to do this nice big overhaul."

It will take about three weeks for the project to be complete.

But they expect it will make a big splash when it re-opens.

In the meantime, the Community Center has been holding some pool classes at other sites and encouraging members to try land workouts.

Becky Parker

Becky Parker - Becky Parker joined the WDAY 6 News team in July of 2012. She was born and raised in Williston, North Dakota.  She graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science.   At NDSU, Becky served as News Director for ‘SU TV News, the university’s first ever student-run newscast. She was also an anchor and reporter for the organization.   Before coming to WDAY, Becky was reporting for Lakeland Public Television at their Brainerd, MN bureau. She also spent internship hours at WDAZ in Grand Forks and KVRR Fox in Fargo.   If you have story ideas or questions, please e-mail Becky at

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