The making of a 1.1 million-gallon pool

Hello, all!

A couple weeks ago, two of NIACF’s executive team members joined me on an adventurous, fact-finding trip, and I’ve got to tell you … it was so cool!

With Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Lattes in hand, we jumped in the car and headed to Elkhart for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Elkhart Health Fitness Aquatics and Community Center.

The building is still very much under construction (no heat or toilets, folks!), but we learned SO MUCH about the process of building a state-of-the-art aquatics center. (Missed opportunity: No selfie of the three of us wearing hard hats, but maybe that’s for the better.)

As it turns out, the 24-meter x 66-meter competition pool being built in Elkhart is very similar to the one we hope to build in Fort Wayne with many of the same amazing features.

The Elkhart pool will have:

  • Ten 8-foot x 50-meter competition lanes, with two 6-foot bulkheads that can be moved to accommodate a few different pool configurations

  • Multiple springboards, as well as 3- and 5-meter diving platforms

  • A 9.5 x 24-yard teaching, fitness and recreation pool with ramp access

  • A warm-water therapy pool

  • Seating for approximately 1,200 spectators

Another cool thing: Elkhart’s community center will feature a Myrtha Pool, which represents some of the most advanced technology in the swimming pool industry.

With stainless steel construction and a patented pre-engineered modular design, Myrtha Pools are guaranteed to have an extremely long life. (Harsh pool chemicals are truly no big deal.) We will definitely be looking into this when the time comes!

Seeing the dirt/gravel shell of a 50-meter pool and diving well and observing the installation of the facility’s Myrtha recreation pool was truly an amazing experience. 

We want to give a quick shoutout to our awesome tour guides (*waving* to Pete, Sam and Harry). Thank you for spending the day with us and patiently answering the 5,000 questions we asked along the way!

Looking forward to sharing more stories about our own aquatic center project soon …

Allison Brown
NIACF Executive Director