At over 50,000 Square Feet, the Aquatics Center will feature three pools including the pool used at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, NE where some of our country’s best swimmers set many national records. This 50-meter eight-lane competition pool with moveable bulkheads will be the cornerstone of the center. Aquatics Center patrons will also have access to a therapy pool and a 25-yard warm water pool available for lessons and other water sports. A vast 7,000 square foot mezzanine grandstand will seat up to 700 spectators.
Construction of the Aquatics center is expected to take ten months. The facility will boast a community room, an indoor fitness facility, ample parking, locker rooms and plenty of storage space. Membership fees for use of the fitness and pool facilities will be announced at a later date.
The Aquatics Center will also provide an economic boost to the region. With the ability to host significant swim competitions-- high school local and state swim meets; local, state and regional club swim meets sanctioned by Virginia and USA Swimming--the Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership anticipates the facility will bring over $2 million to the area annually through sports tourism.
In addition to the Aquactics Center at Ukrop Park, Chesterfield County plans to develop 10 acres providing (2) synthetic turf, lighted sports fields, 125 parking spaces and walking trail at the adjacent Stratton Park site. The fields will regularly be used for youth-league sports, but will also be available to the Kickers for tournaments, practices and games. Likewise, Ukrop Park would open to the county for big events. The construction of the fields is scheduled to be completed by late fall 2011.