Garland ISD Trustees recently approved a state-of-the-art design for the district’s new natatorium. The board voted 7-0 during its May 8 work session after receiving a proposal from the team of architects, engineers and experts who helped plan this facility. That team includes a company that has designed five school district natatoriums, as well as a three-time Olympian and a man who once held the title of world’s fastest swimmer.
GISD’s new natatorium design boasts several unique features and future opportunities. It also consists of many enhancements when compared to other school district swimming facilities in North Texas.
Additional features include an innovative system that captures and removes chloramine gas, as well as two top-of-the-line stainless steel Myrtha pool shells. GISD will be the only school district in the area to offer both. It will also offer 1,200 seats for spectators, a ticket window and concession stand, an extended, separately heated warm-up/teaching pool with a wheelchair lift, wide pool decks, large weight and locker rooms, and enhanced storage capabilities.
A diving area with one and three-meter boards will give GISD the ability to host collegiate events. A reconfigurable 50-meter competition pool will also allow the district to host multiple water polo games simultaneously. This up-and-coming sport has grown in popularity throughout North Texas, and the University Interscholastic League is now considering it as the organization’s next sanctioned event.
And competitive swimmers are not the only ones who will benefit from GISD’s new natatorium. The district plans to teach every second-grader aquatic safety and how to swim during customized weeklong programs.
The natatorium will be located at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Firewheel Parkway. It is estimated to be completed in 2019 and cost up to $33.5 million.