The City of Evansville realized a great need in the community for more programming for swimming. The city’s current pool was no longer in a state to support quality competitive and recreational swimming programming and so the Deaconess Aquatic Center was born. The goal is to build an aquatic center for everyone in the community to enjoy thus having both competitive and recreational components is crucial.
Nestled into Garvin Park, the two-story facility’s front door will be situated across from historic Bosse Field. The intentional juxtaposition of the contrasting architectural styles between the two buildings form an anchor at the entry to this historic park. The aquatic center’s exterior is a modest building form mixed with a variety of materials which add interest and depth.
The center is divided into two separate areas – competitive and recreational - each with its own dedicated locker rooms. The competition pool is a stretch 50-meter pool where diving and swimming can occur at the same time. The 50-meter pool can be converted to accommodate both collegiate and high school swim meets. There is also a mezzanine large enough to hold 960 people and provides views of the entire area. The leisure pool will have a zero-depth entry area and will include play features, basketball goals and space for swim lessons. A splash park is located outside, adjacent to this space.
The community is really excited about this state-of-the-art aquatic center. It will provide swimmers of all ages and skills a place to enjoy. The project should be complete in the Summer of 2021.