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The Nassau County Aquatic Center. Built in 1998 (Credit: Craig Ruttle)

The Nassau County Aquatic Center. Built in 1998 for the International Goodwill Games, the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park is widely recognized as one of the finest swimming facilities in the U.S., according to a Nassau County web site. (May 20, 2011)

Nassau Aquatic Center

The 13-year-old, $30-million Nassau Aquatic Center is about to undergo a major overhaul that will shut it down from July until February and cost nearly as much as the facility itself -- at least $25 million.

An exterior shot of the Nassau County Aquatic
(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

An exterior shot of the Nassau County Aquatic Center. (May 20, 2011)

Problems with the pool's wiring, heating, air-conditioning and
(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Problems with the pool's wiring, heating, air-conditioning and ventilation system became evident months after it was opened in 1998, but worsened through the years. (May 20, 2011)

The pool was shut down for a month
(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

The pool was shut down for a month in the summer of 2004 for a cleanup, then again a year later to replace corroding stainless steel wires and fixtures, at a cost of $116,000.(May 20, 2011)

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The Nassau County Aquatic Center. Built in 1998
(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

The Nassau County Aquatic Center. Built in 1998 for the International Goodwill Games, the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park is widely recognized as one of the finest swimming facilities in the U.S., according to a Nassau County web site. (May 20, 2011)

Construction of the Nassau Aquatic Center began in
(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Construction of the Nassau Aquatic Center began in 1996 and finished two years later, in time for the International Goodwill Games. (May 20, 2011)

Workers will remove and replace the roof and
(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Workers will remove and replace the roof and corrosion in the stainless steel ductwork. Lighting and pool filters will be upgraded, a spokesman for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said. (May 20, 2011)

The center has been shut down several times
(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

The center has been shut down several times for maintenance; during one repair, a lighting fixture crashed to the ground. (May 20, 2011)

The Nassau Aquatic Center opened in 1998. (May
(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

The Nassau Aquatic Center opened in 1998. (May 20, 2011)

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The pool once lacked revenue, but has become
(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

The pool once lacked revenue, but has become a consistent moneymaker, a spokesman for the county executive said. (May 20, 2011)

An aerial view of the Nassau Aquatic Center.
(Credit: Kevin P Coughlin)

An aerial view of the Nassau Aquatic Center. (May 11, 2011)

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