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The Henry County Board of Commissioners voted to build the county’s new aquatic site at the Bridges at Jodeco development in Stockbridge Tuesday.

McDONOUGH The Henry County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the Bridges at Jodeco site to build the county’s new $22 million aquatic center on Tuesday.

The 160-acre residential and commercial mixed-use development is located at Interstate 75 and Jodeco Road.

The owner is donating a minimum of 8 acres and a maximum of 14 acres to build the center.

The facility will be built using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax V monies and include a competition and therapy pool and an outdoor water park.

The BOC also voted to name the facility The O’Neal Edwards Aquatic Center after Global Impact Christian Ministries Pastor Spencer T. O’Neal and Eugene Edwards, former Henry County NAACP president. The outdoor playground and swimming pool area will be named after Kensley Grace Kirby who died in 2011.

The Kirby family created the Kensley Grace Foundation to build an aquatic center in their daughter’s honor.

The site is one of five presented to the board over the last few months.

Jonathon Penn, Leisure Services cluster leader, said the Bridges at Jodeco location will allow the county to put more money toward building the facility due to the amount of infrastructure already in place, including utilities, roads and retention pond.

Facility design is expected to begin this month.

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