The City of Evansville realized a great need in the community for more programming for swimming. The city’s previous pool was no longer in a state to support quality competitive and recreational swimming programming and so the Deaconess Aquatic Center was born. The state-of-the-art aquatic center now provides a place for swimmers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy.
Nestled into Garvin Park, the two-story facility’s front door is situated across from historic Bosse Field. The intentional juxtaposition of the contrasting architectural styles between the two buildings form an anchor at the entrance to this historic park. The aquatic center’s exterior is a modest building form mixed with a variety of materials to add interest and depth.
The center is divided into two separate areas—competitive and recreational, each with their own dedicated locker rooms. The competition pool is a stretch 50-meter pool where diving and swimming can occur at the same time—all while under the Lilly King dedication mural. The 50-meter pool can accommodate both collegiate and high school swim meets. There is also a mezzanine large enough to hold 960 spectators that provides great views of the entire area. The leisure pool will have a zero-depth entry area, play features, basketball goals, and space for swim lessons. To top off the fun amenities, there is also a splash park located outside, adjacent to this space.