“It will have an eight-lane competition pool, instead of the six lanes we have now. It will allow us flexibility with practice and swim meets and not cut off public swim time,” Wooddell said.
The public will have access to the competition pool when it is not in use by the swim team.
The main public pool will have a zero-depth entry so that the youngest children or those unable to land a cannonball anymore will be able to wade in at whatever level of water makes them comfortable.
A bathhouse/concession building will be constructed to allow access for other users of the park, such as those there for soccer games. There will also be an air-conditioned indoor space for 60 people.
There will be water slides, including one that will accommodate two or three people at a time.
The “lazy river” feature many wanted has also been maintained in the design and will include a party deck for special events.
Parking will be expanded and will include approximately 150 spaces, far more than available at the current pool at the TRI complex. TRI provides space for the city’s recreation needs, but it is not adequate for the new, larger facility, officials said.
“The old pool has been in use 48 years and served the city well over the years,” City Manager Doug Elliott said. “The master plan for the park in 1997 did include a water feature.”
Wooddell said the current pool is a financial hardship on the city.
“The old pool is leaking a lot of water,” he said. “It’s very expensive every year. A fiberglass shell does not do well in winters in Ohio.”
Plans are underway with the Oxford Community Foundation to open a fund through which residents can donate a variety of items for use at the aquatic center that were not part of the construction package.