After the University of Texas in Austin, the second-largest swimming pool in the state resides not in College Station, Lubbock, Waco or Denton.
Instead, it can be found in Lewisville.
Lewisville ISD recently opened the Westside Aquatics Center which will house Lewisville, Marcus and Flower Mound’s swimming and diving teams in addition to other club and youth programs, including water polo and synchronized swimming at the high school level.
The 75,000 square foot facility that features a 50-meter Myrtha competition pool – one of only two in the state — and sits near Lewisville’s Harmon Campus will take the place of the Timber Creek Center, which has been drained and is awaiting a decision on the school district for its future use.
“It’s great,” said Tom Gargan, Lewisville head coach. “We have the ability to do more activities than we were able to do at Timber Creek.”
Timber Creek featured a 300,000 gallon pool, a limited amount of lanes, one diving board and the ability to seat 800 fans.
Now the district boasts a pool that holds 1.1 million gallons and features 36 lanes, four diving boards (two 1-meter and two 3-meter) and can hold approximately 1,200 spectators.
As a result, the facility will be able to accommodate more athletes in the pool.
“We can have all three schools there instead of a couple of us having to share,” Gargan said. “We’re able to have our whole team there for a morning practice and Flower Mound or Marcus can have it for the afternoon. At the other facility, we weren’t able to do that.”
Other additions include new kick-plate starting blocks.
“It’s a faster pool and the blocks are really cool,” Gargan said. “It’s a neat feature and something that we’ve only seen at state and the bigger meets.”
The district is now able to host larger meets, including the district championships, TISCA meets and even pro-ams. That has already been evidenced as the facility hosted the Bill Nixon Pro-Am late last month.
No longer will Flower Mound, Lewisville and Marcus have to travel to the facility center in The Colony, though Gargan noted Lewisville will still compete in multiple events at that aquatic center.
“We have the opportunity to do a lot more things and that’s really exciting,” Gargan said.
As previously reported by Star Local Media, there were early concerns about when Adolfson & Peterson Construction would complete the center and at what cost.
But in the end, the district came away pleased.
“Adolfson & Peterson overcame numerous challenges in completing the project, brought the project in under budget, and delivered a truly unique facility that redefines the standard for high school natatoriums nationwide,” said Quentin Burnett, LISD’s chief financial officer.
Burnett also congratulated A&P for a “job well done in providing LISD with an innovative and sustainable building that will be celebrated for many years to come.”
“A&P is proud to have served as the contractor for the Westside Aquatics Center, a state of the art swimming and diving facility that is truly second to none,” said Corbett Nichter, senior vice president of Adolfson & Peterson Construction. “Our team showed amazing grit and determination in the face of significant challenges and delivered a facility that will serve Lewisville and the surrounding communities for many years to come.”