Akron Aquatic Center

Akron, IA | Sports + Recreation

Overview

The City of Akron’s swimming pool was aging and in a state of disrepair, so ISG worked with the community to identify the best option that fulfilled stakeholder needs.


Opportunity

Community engagement for planning a new aquatic center for the City of Akron was vital, which required a design partner that could help stakeholders balance wants, needs, budgets, and long-term operations to develop the best facility for the community.

Solution

With a leaking and cracked pool and other key flaws to its existing municipal pool, the City of Akron needed to reassess its options in providing the best aquatic recreation facility for the community. The process started with ISG meeting with City staff and the pool committee. During these early meetings topics of wants, needs, budgets and operations were all discussed to determine how ISG would best help the City design a pool that would suit its needs.

Based on the information gathered from the initial meetings, community engagement, informational cookout, and survey results, ISG began developing four distinct options. The intent of this exercise to showcase different layouts, styles, and uses the aquatic center could take on and for the City and pool committee to decide on which of the four alternatives the design team should continue to further refine.

The first option was a more traditional approach to facility design that included waterslides, diving boards, zero depth entry along with some more modern amenities such as basketball goals, water play features, and accessible entry points. The second was based on the idea that a community of this size did not need a huge aquatic center since the intent was to provide a valuable resource to its citizens. This design utilized a smaller footprint and more concise features. This design included a 1 meter diving board, smaller waterslide tower, zero depth entry, and a few small water play features. The third option was a resort-style pool that was heavy on lounging activities and features. The creation was less focused on active elements and more focused on free play activities. The final option combined the traditional and resort-style amenities in the design layout. This design incorporated slides, diving boards and play features along with some more non-traditional elements like shade lounging, underwater benches, lily pads and other modern play features. This was ultimately the design selected by the committee for ISG to refine for public input and comment period.

The resulting aquatic center can provide the community with a wide range of recreation activities and was accomplished through strategic communication efforts and coordination with the City.


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