The Evergreen Retirement Community, located in residential Oshkosh, Wisc., celebrated the opening of their new addition, Creekview Center, in July 2004. Today Creekview Center includes both the “Creekview Fitness Center and Aerobic Studio” as well as the “Creekview Aquatic Center.”
The Creekview Aquatic Center houses two pools
intended to meet the various therapeutic and exercise needs of
older adults. The John J. & Ethyl D. Keller Pool is a
three-lane, temperature-controlled exercise pool, used not only for
lap swimming, but also for water aerobic classes including
“Light ‘n Lively” and “Aquatic
Exercise.” Patrons enter easily and gradually down steps into
For those needing more intensive treatment, the
Prescott Family Pool is a therapeutic, warm-water therapy pool. It
includes an underwater bench with massaging water jets designed to
either relax or stimulate muscles, depending on the rehabilitative
need. The two-lane, walking access ramp allows for easier access
into the pool and a UV filtration system helps maintain optimum
pool water conditions.
Several therapeutic and design elements further
aid in the rehabilitative capabilities of the facility. Perhaps
most notably, for those unable to enter the water using ramps or
stairs a handicap chair lift, supported by an eye-appealing redwood
arbor, is located between the two pools. In addition, unique
individual unisex changing rooms offer the privacy of a complete
bath with no-step showers and adequate space for assistance.
In terms of design, natural sunlight; a calming
color scheme; tiling around the pools and on walls; and placement
of greenery, are all strategic elements that help meet the specific
needs of users.
All told, the Creekview Center natatorium has
become an opportunity for the Evergreen community’s active
adults to come together and socialize, while maintaining their
health in a safe and enjoyable environment.