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Q1. What is the Triangle Aquatic Center?
Q2. How did the Triangle Aquatic Center get started?
Q3. What is the Triangle Aquatic Center's Mission and Purpose?
Q4. What has the Triangle Aquatic Center accomplished so far?
Q5. What amenities does the Curran Aquatic Center offer?
Q6. How is the Triangle Aquatic Center operated?
Q7. Who can use the aquatic facility?
Q8. When can I use the facility?
Q9. What types of aquatic programs are offered by TAC at the facility?
Q10. As the Triangle Region continues to grow, how does TAC plan to meet the growing aquatic needs of Triangle citizens?
Q11. How are TAC and the aquatic facility funded?
Q12. Is the Town of Cary involved with TAC or the Aquatic Center?
Q13. How can I help TAC pursue its Mission of building public aquatic facilities throughout the Triangle Region?

Q1. What is the Triangle Aquatic Center?
A. The Triangle Aquatic Center (TAC) is a 501(c) nonprofit charitable organization with a mission to build and operate public aquatic facilities throughout the communities of the Triangle, N.C. region.

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Q2. How did the Triangle Aquatic Center get started?
A. On May 6, 2002, the Raleigh Swimming Association (RSA), a year round USA Swim team authorized a committee of six parents to research aquatic facility options for its growing club. After much research, the committee determined that there was a severe lack of public aquatic facilities for all aquatic organizations and citizens in the Triangle. As a result, the RSA committee disbanded in order to form an organization that had a much broader mission to provide public aquatic facilities throughout the Triangle region for all citizens and aquatic organizations. TAC was subsequently incorporated on June 27, 2002 to begin addressing the lack of public aquatic facilities

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Q3. What is the Triangle Aquatic Center's Mission and Purpose?
A: Mission:
To build and operate public aquatic facilities
for the health, safety, recreation and competition needs
of Triangle citizens and aquatic organizations


A: Purpose:
To be a catalyst for the development of year-round
public aquatic facilities and programming.


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Q4. What has the Triangle Aquatic Center accomplished so far?
A. On October 28, 2007, TAC celebrated the opening of its first public aquatic facility in Cary, N.C.. The Michael G. Curran Aquatic Center is a $22.5 million aquatic facility housing three separate pools. Just off I-40 at exit 291, the aquatic center is located on 21.5 wooded acres adjacent to Cary's largest mall, the Cary Towne Center. This was the first year-round public aquatic facility built in Wake county in 15 years and is the largest indoor aquatic facility in North Carolina.

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Q5. What amenities does the Curran Aquatic Center offer?
A. This brand new 72,000 square foot aquatic facility houses three separate pools; a 50 meter competition pool with a movable bulkhead, a ten lane 25 yard program pool and a separately enclosed warm water instructional pool. Supporting amenities include a spectator seating area with viewing for 1000, a full service cafe, aquatic store, classroom, large locker rooms and room for a future fitness area. There are 14 acres of remaining undeveloped space at the Curran Aquatic Facility site for future expansion.

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Q6. How is the Triangle Aquatic Center operated?
A. TAC's vision and operations are managed by a volunteer Board of Directors that will continue to expand as TAC pursues its mission. The Curran Aquatic Center is owned by the nonprofit TAC and is managed and operated by Derek Wall, Chief Operating Officer who reports to the TAC Board, 3-5 full time staff and more than eighty (80) part time employees including lifeguards, instructors and receptionists.

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Q7. Who can use the aquatic facility?
A. The Curran Aquatic Center is open to the public without any membership requirements. All citizens and aquatic organizations have access to the facility amenities. There are multiple ways our variety of customers pay to use the facility, including:

bullet A one day pass
  
bullet A 10-day pass
  
bullet A 20-day pass
  
bullet A monthly pass
  
bullet An annual pass
  
bullet Sign up for one of our many aquatic programs
  
bullet Lease lane space for an external organization or to conduct another organization's aquatic program

Further information for programs, passes and leases are posted on www.triangleaquatics.org or by calling 919-459-4045.

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Q8. When can I use the facility?
A. The facility always has free lanes available for "walk in" swimming. However, please know that total attendance varies widely due to swim meets, programs and the lesson schedule. The pool is typically less full on weekdays before 4:00 PM.

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Q9. What types of aquatic programs are offered by TAC at the facility?
A. Quality aquatic programming has been and continues to be developed to meet TAC's mission of health, safety, recreation and competition. There are currently multiple learn-to-swim programs for all ages, aquacise programs, fitness programs, competitive year-round swim teams, water polo, scuba and much more. New programs are being developed every week based on the needs of the community and are posted on-line at www.triangleaquatics.org. External aquatic groups are encouraged to lease space and conduct their own programs as well!

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Q10. As the Triangle Region continues to grow, how does TAC plan to meet the growing aquatic needs of Triangle citizens?
A. At the current location in Cary, TAC owns 21.5 acres of land that would allow us to expand to more than double the current size to meet Cary's growing population. Throughout the Triangle, the TAC Board has entered into discussions with other municipalities to build public aquatic facilities. Using a successful partnership model that aligns the community, a municipality and TAC will allow more public aquatic facilities to be built, with higher quality operations, open admission, and customer-driven programming at the least cost of capital and operating cost to taxpayers.

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Q11. How are TAC and the aquatic facility funded?
A. TAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization with a mission to build public aquatic facilities. Funding for the Curran Aquatic Facility came from a grant from the Curran Foundation, donations from the community, and debt. The primary sources of ongoing income to pay off the debt and operate the aquatic facilities are derived from:

bullet Lane rental fees
  
bullet Program fees
  
bullet User fees
  
bullet Cafe and aquatic store proceeds
  
bullet Donations
  
bullet Corporate Sponsorship and advertising


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Q12. Is the Town of Cary involved with TAC or the Aquatic Center?
Not at this time.

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Q13. How can I help TAC pursue its Mission of building public aquatic facilities throughout the Triangle Region?
A. Donations, sponsorships, in-kind products and services and volunteers are the greatest need TAC has at this time. Please consider becoming part of something special in the Triangle. Become part of building a fun and healthy future for the Triangle.

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