The Lou Eves Municipal Pool began operations in 1995 and at the time was considered a significant milestone project for the City of Mason. The desire to have an outdoor pool was discussed extensively in the early 1990’s and approved by the voters in 1993 as part of a ballot initiative. For 25 seasons, the outdoor pool has been a popular destination for residents and beyond. Despite efforts throughout the years to prolong the life of the outdoor pool, the facility experienced ongoing issues including leaks and a deteriorating concrete shell. The cost associated with repair of these issues was significant and after two years of research and consideration, Mason City Council moved forward with a decision to build a new Aquatics Center to continue providing this type of premier amenity for City of Mason residents.
MASON MUNICIPAL AQUATIC CENTER DESIGN
The Mason Municipal Aquatic Center will be a state of the art facility featuring a new heated leisure pool as well as an enclosed 50 meter pool. The new leisure pool will be heated – providing the opportunity to extend the summer swimming season. A new community room, catering area and covered entrance planned as part of the facility are perfect for meetings, special occasions and hosting community and special events!
The City anticipates a soft opening of the new outdoor leisure pool this year! Features of the new outdoor leisure pool include zero depth entry, a double flume slide, a lazy river, a splash pad, tipping bucket, basketball hoops, shade structures, family changing rooms, concessions and more!
Design of the enclosed 50 meter pool is still underway. The current design concept for the 50 meter pool provides for a separate stand-alone enclosed structure that is open 365 days of the year and includes large doors on the west side overlooking the leisure pool. The doors can be opened to allow fresh air to enter the facility during seasonal days reducing heating/air conditioning and ventilation costs. The 50 meter pool features a separate locker room facility. This facility will provide the City the opportunity to expand existing aquatic programs and offerings and host revenue generating events. With the 50 meter pool, the City of Mason’s goal is to teach all residents-young and old-how to be safe in the water further enhancing the mission to build a culture of wellness in the community. This pool addition would not be possible without the City’s partnership with A Matter of 50 Meters.
The design for the 50 meter pool includes flexibility for future expansion opportunities through the partnership with A Matter of 50 Meters that may include items such as a warm up pool, additional spectator seating and meeting space. The City anticipates the enclosed pool to become a regional asset attracting larger revenue producing events.
A significant factor in City Council’s decision to build the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center was the opportunity for the City to enter into a public private partnership with local fundraising organization, A Matter of 50 Meters. A Matter of 50 Meters has launched a fundraising campaign with ambitions to raise money that will be dedicated towards the construction of the enclosed 50 meter pool. For more information on A Matter of 50 Meters, please visit www.amatterof50meters.org.
The City’s partnership with A Matter of 50 Meters is another example of Mason’s commitment to developing unique partnerships that enhance the quality of life for Mason residents. Similar to the Mason Community Center, the new Mason Municipal Aquatic Center reiterates Mason’s commitment to building a culture of wellness in the community by expanding recreation and programming opportunities for City of Mason residents of all ages.
Construction of the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center is underway! We appreciate your patience during this time. Currently, walking paths at Corwin M. Nixon Park and Pine Hill Lakes Park have been temporarily disrupted for construction of the Aquatic Center. Temporary wood chip paths have been installed to reconnect the walking paths. Click here for a printable map of the temporary path connections.
For more details regarding the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center, please view our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
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