Mitch Park YMCA

The design and materials incorporated in the aquatic spaces are meant to unify the wet areas while distinguishing them from the dry. Inset vertical bands, seen in the floor-to-ceiling windows in back, accentuate the height of the rooms. Fully tiled decks were used in the leisure and competitive spaces. The competition pool is used by several schools, so the designers took great care to choose a neutral palette that wouldn’t match any particular team’s colors.

The leisure pool features a current channel, play features aimed at small children to teens, a water slide, zero-depth entry, lap lanes and a therapeutic seating area. The large windows and opening toward the right visually connect this space with the competition area.

The competition space features an eight-lane, 50- meter pool with movable bulkheads for maximum versatility. While the intention is to install springboards on one end of the pool in the future, that area was made deep enough to accommodate a diving tower, just in case. The competition space also has dedicated locker rooms, a separate entry, and a guard/official office, as well as both fixed and “tip and roll” bleachers for spectators.

Warm wood, bright paints and stained concrete flooring mark the dry spaces, for an engaging and inviting touch. Expansive glass connects these areas to the more modern wet side.

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