Local Town Revamps Aquatic Facilities

Handrail of the public swimming pool. | Image by Ella_Ca/Shutterstock

Aquatic recreational facilities in Irving are set to see some major changes in the coming years.

The City of Irving unveiled plans to update and revitalize some of its swimming pools and build the city’s “first multi-generational mixed-use recreation and aquatics community center,” according to a project overview.

The upcoming facility improvements and new public development are part of Irving’s “Let’s Play Irving: Elevating Aquatics and Recreation” initiative.

The $92 million initiative will entail renovation projects at three facilities: Lively Pointe Youth Center, Lee Park Recreation Center, and Senter Park Recreation Center. Additionally, the new Mustang Park Recreation Center will be built. The City of Irving advised residents that they would be able to give input on what amenities to include for each project, per the overview.

Funds for the projects consist mainly of taxpayer money from a “voter-approved” bond and non-bond Capital Improvement Program allocations. The bond will also be used for other public purposes, such as road repair, drainage updates, water improvements, enhancements to other existing parks, and more.

Taxpayer money from the bond will go toward updating Lively Pointe Youth Center. The project includes the demolition of the facility’s current pool, which was initially constructed in 1959. Officials claim that the pool “has long passed its useful life.”

The estimated costs for demolishing Lively Pointe Youth Center’s pool are just under $50,000. However, the cost to taxpayers of the whole endeavor will depend on the amenities residents recommend. Feedback on amenities is expected to be received by December and delivered to the Irving Parks and Recreation Board by January 2024.

The most costly spending is tied to the new Mustang Park Recreation Center. It is expected to cost about $60 million. The design and engineering phase of the project is slated to begin by February 2024, with completion expected by Fall 2026.

Work on the Lee Park Recreation Center includes demolishing and replacing its pool, which was constructed in 1964 and will be replaced with a new “seasonal pool” and other amenities for children.  The expected completion date for the $ 6 million project is Summer 2025.

Finally, the Senter Park Recreation Center project will include converting its outdoor pool facility into an “indoor, year-round aquatic center.” The $25 million project is expected to be completed by Summer 2026.

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