The Arlington ISD Board of Trustees approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Arlington for use of the district’s new natatorium, a state-of-the-art aquatics facility, which will open in fall 2020 as part of the AISD’s Fine Arts and Athletics Complex.
As the first-ever natatorium for the AISD and the first in the city of Arlington, it will include a 50-meter pool with moveable bulkheads, a diving area, warm-up pool and seating for 1,000 spectators. It alleviates the need for district swimmers to utilize the pools at the University of Texas at Arlington and Tarrant County College Southeast.
The City of Arlington has agreed to contribute $1 million to help fund the cost of features that are necessary to host large, high-level swim competitions such as intercollegiate and national club meets since the city will benefit economically through sales and hotel taxes generated by such events. Additionally, the city will pay a total of $500,000 for scheduled use of the warm-up pool during periods in which the pool is not needed for AISD student programs. The city will hold open swim lessons and other water activities during their use of the pool.
“We are thrilled to be opening this state-of-the-art natatorium as part of our new athletics complex,” Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. “I’m excited about the opportunities available to our students and to the greater Arlington community through this agreement.”
The Fine Arts and Athletics Complex is made possible through the generosity of Arlington voters who approved the new construction in the 2014 bond election.