The Aquatic Center Expansion is planned to be placed on city property, east of the current aquatic facility on Bullard Avenue. The facility would include an 8-lane 50 meter pool and diving area and would include improving/replacing current recreation pool slides and water features. The Aquatic Center Expansion would include locker rooms, shower facilities, concession area, manager's office, lifeguard training room, storage room and shaded bleachers for up to 1,200 spectators. The facility would also have a large turf area for event/staging.
The National Recreation and Park Association 2016 Field report states that cities have an average of one aquatic center facility per 35,000 residents. Currently, the City of Surprise has two aquatic centers; one in east Surprise and one in central Surprise for a total approximate population of 125,621.
In 2015, the aquatic center averaged 600 people per day for recreational swim and hosted numerous organized swim events during the fall. Current facility has reached maximum capacity. The expansion area would offer swim lessons, special programs and events, teams, open swim rental and attract large scale competitive events. Aside from the recreational benefits, the National Parks and Recreation studies have shown the many health benefits associated with swimming. A competitive recreation center was recommended in the Surprise Parks and Trails Master Plan. Total projected cost of project would be $10M. Anticipated annual operational costs are $700,000.
Cost & Timeline
East of current Aquatic Center on Bullard