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Cedar Valley SportsPlex grand opening draws crowd

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It's been a long road to completion for the Cedar Valley SportsPlex, but after construction delays, community members gathered for the grand opening on Friday afternoon.

Derek Walgren brought his kids to check it out.

"It will be a nice place for people to come get in shape and it will bring a lot of people into the community," Walgren said. "That's probably the most important part."

He said his kids really liked the pool.

But there's still some work left to be done on the $27.5 million facility, and some have raised concerns that with membership costing nearly $500 dollars per year for an adult, many won't be able to enjoy the SportsPlex.

Others say the extensive features justify the price.

"We think it's very reasonably priced, in fact, some people think it's too cheap, but the reality is we want it to be used," said Dan Watter, President of the Waterloo Development Corporation, which built the facility. "It's for everybody in the community."

SportsPlex officials say they sold 200 memberships in just three hours Friday. Chuck Harp was at the grand opening, and has already signed up.

"I think this is going to be a plus for Waterloo to have this," Harp said.

Regular hours start Saturday morning.

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