Belle Plaine Aquatic Center

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Belle Plaine, Minnesota

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7,711 sq. ft. of water surface area

Belle Plaine’s modest 1950s pool did not support the growing population and lacked the excitement of a modern aquatic center. The condition of the existing pool and bathhouse justified a full replacement, so a new facility was designed to better meet the desires of the community.

A primary goal of the project was to construct the new facility without having to lose a swimming season. Waters Edge was able to work through planning and design in approximately three months. Construction began immediately after bidding and, despite working through a brutal Minnesota winter, the facility was completed in July of 2019.

The single basin, multi-use pool design included various amenities and water depths within a single water body. This design approach provided an ease of operation and reduced costs compared to having separate pools. Additionally, the design included space and underground infrastructure to allow for a future spray ground and speed slide.

The new aquatic center included three short course lap lanes, plunge area, diving basin, current channel, and zero depth entry to capture the interest of multiple age groups. Brightly colored features were selected to enhance each of the different pool areas. A new bathhouse, concession area, and seating areas with deck shades were provided to complete the facility.

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