It began as a dream for the city of National City.
Come spring of 2013, National City residents will get their long-awaited aquatic center.
In September, City Council members approved a memorandum of understanding with the San Diego Unified Port for two major contracts in preparation for the aquatic center.
National City Mayor Ron Morrison said the center will give the bayfront a necessary facelift.
The aquatic center is meant to complement the Pier 32 Marina and Marina Gateway redevelopment projects.
The 4,700-square-foot facility, located in the Port's Pepper Park on Goesno Place, will give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy kayaking, rowing and environmental education courses.
City Manager Chris Zapata said the center is significant because the city is finally achieving its goal of quality of life for residents along the bayfront.
National City's Aquatic Center has been in the works for more than a decade.
National City currently operates an aquatic center near Pepper Park in temporary structures, where the South Bay Family YMCA has provided programming since 2004.
Morrison said he’s received nothing but positive feedback for the project.