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An example of an AquaClimb wall. The wall coming to Avon Lake will consist of one vertical panel instead of the three shown here.

AVON LAKE

Swimming is an integral part of summer fun. Now, visitors to the Ellen Trivanovich Aquatic Center could add climbing a new 15-foot-high rock wall and landing either on purpose or by “accident” in the pool to the list of fun events.

City Council recently unanimously passed legislation authorizing the purchase, so the wall could be in place for the coming summer season.

Ward 2 Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch introduced the climbing wall, made by AquaClimb of Frederick, Maryland, at council’s last meeting of the month. Cost of the wall is $23,000.

Walls benefit pools by attracting more traffic, while not taking up much space, according to a presentation by Fenderbosch. Being near a pool makes the walls safer than climbing walls built over hard surfaces.

Fenderbosch has several grandchildren living in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, where a municipal pool features one of the walls.

“They all love it,” she said.

The aquatic center is in Bleser Park, 32800 Electric Blvd.

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