The Earl J Chris swimming pool at the Robicheaux center has partnered with the City of Lafayette Aquatics to bring swimming lessons at an affordable price to help better the community.
Hollis Conway is the current director of community development, and he's excited about the partnership with cola. he says working together, they can bring a variety of opportunities to the community.
Conway says "We are operating at a huge deficit and with their experience we're expecting to save a lot of money and offer a lot better quality service to all of our swimmers out there"
Colleen Barczyk is the owner of COLA. She says swimming is her number one passion.
Barczyk says "so we're excited because we think it's great for the community in so many ways so we're just excited to be here and can't wait to get started"
COLA'S main goal is to keep some of the same programs in place and expand them so they can better serve the community.
"We also have a free swim lessons program for underprivileged children that we're looking to expand and then we have lap swim for adult's water aerobics for adult's adult swim lessons so really just something for everyone in the community to be a part of"
Some in the area expressed concerned about how much money it would take to get in the Robicheaux Center, but COLA says although there are fees associated with each program, they'll also offer free programs.
"We are going to institute some monthly memberships for things that were pay by day or pay by class we're going to make a monthly membership to make it a little more accessible and a little more financially friendly to people"
The fiscal year's budget for the swimming program will total more than two hundred thousand dollars. COLA says... that means big things for the future of the Robicheaux Center.