Transforming itself from a small local facility of two swimming pools to a major regional aquatics center, the $12.5-million Holland Community Aquatic Center has generated major waves since 1996, when voters approved a major addition and renovation. With six indoor pools, the facility has grown to train and host some of the nation’s best athletes — and now it’s the Class 2 Best of Aquatics winner.

Complete with two leisure pools, one warm-water therapy pool, diving well, competition pool, spa, vortex pool and water slides, the Holland, Mich., aquatics center provides ongoing instructional, therapeutic and recreational programs.

The competitive program paved the way for several state championship teams and produced many All-Americans and Olympic trial qualifiers.

The facility also hosts competitive events, including training and competition for the Special Olympics. Lessons, diving, lifesaving, water aerobics, water therapy, adaptive aquatics and three water polo teams make up the variety of programming available to members.

With such fast growth, the facility had to catch up on staffing needs and scheduling. Employee development, recruitment, and extensive use of specialized computer software geared to meet these needs have helped the facility manage its fast-growing aquatics program.