PHOTOS: Inside the Aquatic and Recreation Centre site
THE $22.25 million Gympie Aquatic and Recreation Centre is beginning to take shape.
The huge columns for the indoor pool building were completed last week; workers will begin installing trusses across the columns in about a month when the deliveries begin.
A network of air conditioning units and ducts underneath the building will keep the air at a similar temperature as the pool to prevent condensation and corrosion.
The indoor pool will be heated to 29-30 degrees.
The walls have now been completed for the 50m pool building, and water testing will begin in the next month to make sure there are no leaks in any of the pools across the site.
Workers will start construction in the next few weeks on the outdoor amenities building with the Gympie Gold Fins clubroom upstairs.
Deliveries of parts for the dual water slide will start within the month.
There is still a possibility the pool tenders, Belgravia Leisure, may run a gym in the open building as they have in other centres, but the building could also serve as a function space.
Gympie Regional Council tourism and recreation portfolio holder James Cochrane said the project was "massive" for Gympie.
"It's such a great outlay and it's an intergenerational type of thing because we're going to have it for so many years," Cr Cochrane said.
"It's one of those things that had to take the plunge at some stage, and I think it'll be a great asset for our community."