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The aquatic center so fervently embraced by Russ McEwen has officially been named in honor of the former Big Spring mayor and city councilman, who passed away in October 2012.
Russ McEwen Family Aquatic Center was formally dedicated during brief ceremonies Wednesday morning at the facility, which opened last year in Comanche Trail Park.
â€śRuss worked very hard to improve Big Spring. Although it was controversial, he really pushed to have this aquatic center built,â€ť newly elected Mayor Larry McLellan told those gathered for the ceremony. â€śHe said he wanted to have something in Big Spring for all the kids whose families couldn't afford to take them to Six Flags. There isn't another place like this in West Texas.â€ť
â€śI want you to know that he loved all of you, each and every one of you. He wanted everyone to be happy,â€ť McEwen's widow, Laura, said.
McEwen helped push a bond package with voter approval that expanded and renovated an athletic facility along Interstate 20 and spruced up the downtown area and Main Street. But it may have been the fact that he didn't take his desire to build a water park to public vote that made it controversial.