After the successful opening of the Cimarron Aquatic Center in 2008, the city of Irving set about creating a complementary venue on the other side of town. That plan came to fruition in 2010 with the opening of the West Irving Aquatic Center.

In developing the West Irving facility, the first order of business was to find a home. Two sites were targeted as options for evaluation, and when neither site was a clear “winner” the solution became a third site, one that was politically acceptable, but more developable than the previous options. Unfortunately, “more developable” is relative terminology. The selected site is bisected by a deep creek, effectively limiting where a new facility  could go.

The solution was two-fold. First, the parking lot was located on the floodplain side of the creek, connecting to the aquatic center via a 90-foot long pedestrian bridge. Second, the aquatic center itself was carefully terraced into the hill.  Each of these moves, though forced technically by nature, served as the organizing design premise of the site and created the drama in the design.

Inside, pool components were carefully crafted based both on owner requirements and the lay of the land. The goal was not to create a space that appears too forced or engineered. Aquatic, architectural and landscape design are seamlessly integrated into a cohesive whole. Aquatic amenities include a 4-lane lap pool cascading across a wet deck into a leisure pool with zero-beach entry, and current channel. A climbing wall, a water slide tower, interactive play features and a separate tot pool round out the mix.

Terraced deck areas respond to the site constraints while creating distinct areas for patrons to call their own. Shade structures are integrated into the terraced layout as well, creating potential revenue streams for the city in the form of rentals. At the heart of the project is an iconic clock tower.

With sightlines from all over the site, it is the anchor that unites the plan, providing drama on approach and stability within the park. Although the project has only been open a little more than a year, judging by initial users, it has been an overwhelming success. 


Opened: 2010

Cost: $4.1 million

Aquatic space: 36,000 square feet, fenced in

Dream amenities: A 4-lane lap pool cascading across a wet deck into a leisure pool with zero-beach entry, a current channel, climbing wall, central water slide, and tot pool, all surrounded by terraced deck areas. 


  • Dream Designer: Brinkley Sargent Architects
  • Architect: Brinkley Sargent Architects
  • Aquatic Designer: Counsilman-Hunsaker
  • Structural Engineer: Structural Engenuity
  • Landscape Architect: Clark Condon Assoc.
  • MEP Engineer: Telios Corp.
  • Pool Contractor: Texas Waterworks


  • Aurora Pumps: Pumps
  • Lawson Aquatics: Grates
  • Mortex: Flooring
  • Paragon Aquatics: Competition equipment, filters,ladders/grab bars
  • Pentair Water Commercial Pool and Aquatics: Lighting
  • Scranton Products: Lockers
  • SCS Interactive / Vortex Aquatic Structures Intl. Inc.: Water-play equipment
  • Siemens Water Technology: Chemical control systems,sanitization equipment
  • Splashtacular: Water slides
  • Sta-rite: Cleaners/vacuums
  • Stark: Filters
  • Sunports: Sun shades