Aurora’s city pool was 45 years old. It could barely accommodate more than 200 people and desperately needed repairs. The community was craving a better aquatic facility.
In 2000, the city hired us to conduct a facility study. The study’s findings didn’t surprise the city; the pool was out of compliance with current design guidelines and needed many costly repairs. Together, we determined that a new facility was the best long-term investment for Aurora. We worked with the city and citizens to gather and incorporate community input into the final design. Finally, at the end of the summer in 2013, construction began and was completed before the next pool season.
The new Aurora Aquatic Facility is a community asset. It features an 8,300 square foot pool with a two flume/modified speed slide, a corkscrew slide, lily pads to walk across, diving boards, zero-depth entry, a splash area with bucket dump, and sunshade for observers. The facility also includes a 3,500 square foot bathhouse that offers free Wi-Fi and houses a fully stocked concession stand. The new aquatic facility has already seen attendance levels reach the upper 400s, which is just short of the maximum 500-person capacity and double the capacity of the old pool system.