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Gaithersburg Aquatic Center plans to finally reopen its doors Monday after undergoing repairs and renovations during a more than two-year process.

A grand reopening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4, according to a city news release.

The center at 2 Teachers Way has been closed since January 2012, when cracks were discovered in the exterior support columns that compromised the building’s structural integrity, the release said. Built in 1975, the building is owned by Montgomery County Public Schools and operated jointly by the school district and the city of Gaithersburg.

Structural repairs were completed in November 2013, and facility enhancement projects were then undertaken, according to the release.

Those enhancements include new lockers, new pool plaster and tiles, a new filtration system, installation of an ultraviolet disinfection system and the addition of two pool lifts, the release said. Other updates are front counter improvements, new carpet, mural restoration, new lifeguard chairs, new lane lines and a fresh coat of paint.

On the outside patio, new picnic tables, umbrellas and brick pavers were added.

In general, the indoor Aquatic Center features six 25-yard lap lanes, two diving boards, an outdoor patio, lockers and shallow water teaching pool. It is open evenings and weekends for lap and recreational swimming.

Swim lessons and water fitness classes will resume in September. Visit gaithersburgmd.gov/leisure/aquatics for aquatic schedules and updates.

jedavis@gazette.net