HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton city officials hosted a groundbreaking for the Hampton Virginia Aquaplex on Wednesday.

The center is set to open in summer 2022. It will be located at the corner of Pine Chapel Road and Coliseum Drive (1904 & 1908 Coliseum Drive).

Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck spoke, along with other Hampton stakeholders.

“It’s a project a long time coming to help expand sports tourism in our region, but also to make sure all our residents have access to water-based opportunities,” said Mary Bunting, Hampton city manager.

The new facility will feature a 50-meter competition pool, a 25-meter program pool, and an outdoor “Splash-Down Park.” The outdoor splash park will have a leisure pool, a lazy river, and two tower body slides.

The aquatics center will serve the local community with event rentals, fitness, certified “Learn to Swim” classes, and open-swim activities for all ages. The facility will also host regional and national swim competitions for Hampton City Schools.

City officials say tourism revenues from hotel stays will fund a portion of the cost for the facility, reducing the construction cost from Hampton residents.