Parents holding out hope renovations will happen

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - David Proctor and 23-year old son Ben have years of memories and medals from swimming at the Montgomery Therapeutic Recreation Center.

"That entire facility needs a facelift," says Proctor.

But for about two years now, he's been listening to directors say renovations in the locker room and pool were coming.

"They're just now starting to start with architect plans," adds Proctor.

Directors and parents know mold and mildew covering the locker room walls are a problem. Workers have tried everything to remove it.

Montgomery Parks and Recreation directors wanted to start renovating but never had the money until now.

A $75,000 dollar grant will allow them to completely re-do the locker room and renovate the pool.

"What I really thought when we first heard that they were doing something was obviously it's about time," adds Proctor.

Right now architects are still working to complete a plan for a total locker room overhaul.  When that is done they will start letting contractors bid on the projects. That process that could take another month.

"They're going to have to find a different place to train," says Proctor.

He's thankful for the renovations, but still has concerns about swim practice during construction.

Directors say they're looking into partnering with local YMCA's.

Even if it requires a little relocating, Proctor's says he's ready for a sparkling recreation center for his champion swimmer.

Directors say the renovations will make the locker room completely compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

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