The team sought a design that could accommodate citizens of all ages. Interactive features are placed in the generously sized zero-depth entry to appeal to toddlers, while water slides, a floatable walk and diving board bring in the pre-teens and teenagers. A large recreational space with shaded water bench gives adults the chance to relax while watching their children. An eight-lane, 25-yard pool with ample decking plays host to weekly swim competitions.

Though this facility is a new build, it was placed on the site of an historic Work Projects Administration facility built in 1936. The city and design team honored the history of the civic icon by fashioning the buildings and surrounding areas to mimic the original aesthetic. For instance, they restored the brick seating area, preserved the original design of the terraced seating and maintained the facility’s dramatic backdrop.

The facility was built in the same place as the original to minimize site disturbances, decrease construction traffic, and reduce the amount of land-clearing debris that would have to be sent to local landfills. Motor-optimizing devices such as soft-start controls and variable-frequency drives allow the facility to save on water and power use.