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Aquatic Center proposed on Schenectady waterfront gains $250K grant

Aquatic Center proposed on Schenectady waterfront gains $250K grant

Aquatic Center proposed on Schenectady waterfront gains $250K grant
A swimming facility is proposed for Mohawk Harbor, pictured here in 2017.
Photographer: file photo

SCHENECTADY — The Capital Region Aquatic Center’s board of directors announced Tuesday that they had received another commitment of funding for the $30 million facility proposed for construction at Mohawk Harbor.

The Dake family and Stewart’s Shops, the Malta-based convenience store chain operated by the Dakes, have committed $250,000 to the facility, which would feature four pools for training, competition and diverse swim programs such as learn-to-swim, exercise and rehabilitation. 

Plans also include spectator seating, classroom areas, meeting rooms, aquatic-focused exercise and weight room, studio/multi-purpose area, pro shop, concessions area and locker rooms. 

“Stewart’s and the Dake Family are committed to giving back to all our shops’ communities. With 23 shops in Schenectady County, and a history of serving the county since 1975, Stewart’s is pleased to support the Aquatic Center which will benefit the entire Capital Region for years,” said Susan Dake of Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family Foundation, which donates about $7.5 million annually.

In another boost, the Wright Family Foundation of Schenectady announced a $3 million grant in October. The planned facility did not get the $5 million it was seeking through the Regional Economic Development Council process, but it is now being considered for funding through the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

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