Cowhig Family Aquatic Center inauguration Saturday, October 7

The long-awaited inauguration of the newly renovated swimming pool — now renamed the Cowhig Family Aquatic Center — will take place this Saturday afternoon, October 7, from 2:30 to 3:30. The whole community is welcome.

The inauguration will feature remarks by President Hagelin and friends of the pool, a ribbon cutting, a tour of all the renovated features, and a “delectable edibles buffet.”

It may or may not, however, include swimming.

That depends on whether the Iowa state pool inspector comes before Saturday to give final approval to open the pool. The official policy is no inspections after September 30 each year, when the swimming season is considered over.

MIU officials have requested an exception.

Otherwise, we can indulge in dipping toes, dangling legs, and looking forward to a full season starting in the spring.

The pool was last open during the 2019 season. The Covid pandemic kept it closed the next two summers. And by 2022, the widening cracks in the deck made clear that the pool needed major renovation.

Trustee emeritus Dr. Vincent Argiro — the lead donor for the Argiro Student Center — stepped forward and led the way with the private donations that made this renovation possible. The overall budget, donor funded, is about $1 million.

Dr. Argiro chose the name Cowhig Family Aquatic Center in honor of the Cowhig family of British Columbia, Canada, a number of whom have contributed significantly to MIU.

Here’s what’s new

Photos by Soren Pearson and Craig Pearson.