Aquatics Center Planning and Design: Profitable Partnerships
Often, school districts create partnerships with community organizations like park districts, healthcare providers, and YMCAs to operate pool facilities. An experienced aquatics planner will identify and analyze the community’s needs to pinpoint the most profitable components.
The biggest challenges that school and park districts face when jointly operating a pool facility are maintenance and operations. So it’s very important to set down an agreement as early as possible. Clearly defined roles for staffing, maintenance, and costs will help the partners keep the facility in top shape.
The recently completed Niles North High School Aquatics Center expansion/renovation shows how an aquatics facility can strengthen the relationship between the district and the community with powerful partnerships. The facility will house a year-round competitive swim program hosted by the district and an aquatics organization. It will also host programs from two park districts.
During planning, community members, local partners, and student athletes participated alongside school board members, district staff, architects, and engineers in a design workshop. Stakeholder feedback inspired the final floor plan.