Aquatic Center Grand Opening
Northwest ISD Opens New 80,000 Square Foot Aquatic Center
Posted on 01/07/2021
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Completed on time and under budget in 14 months, Northwest ISD opened the district’s new aquatic center in an invitation-only ceremony on Jan. 6, 2021.

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The grand opening event featured remarks from swim team senior captains as well as an inaugural "first splash” where swimmers from all three of the district's comprehensive high schools jumped simultaneously from the pool deck into the 50-meter competition pool.

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“This new facility is a dream come true for myself, fellow coaches, and swimmers and divers of all ages,” said Brad Eichenseer, first-year swim and dive head coach at V.R. Eaton High School.
  “Countless members of our community, both current and future, will greatly benefit.”

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The complex was designed and constructed on NISD’s central campus to provide the most convenient access for the district’s 234 square-mile boundaries. Prior to the opening of the Aquatic Center, NISD rented facilities in other communities and school districts for swimming and diving use, which limited practice time for students and required them to travel out of the district daily.

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“After 26 years of renting at other sites we now have our own facility,” said Aquatic Center Director Steve Melbourn.  “We are extremely fortunate and grateful for those relationships, but it was great to look at our students' faces and see the excitement in their eyes about their new home.”

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Throughout his secondary career, Northwest High School senior swimmer Aiden McGreger has waited patiently for this very moment.

 “As a senior, I have spent the last 3 1/2 years driving down to a pool that was not ours, and sometimes seeing our coach giving up lanes so that other schools and organizations could swim,” McGreger said.  “Having a pool dedicated to Northwest ISD and the ability to have more time to swim and grow is an amazing opportunity for those that will join the Northwest ISD swim teams in the future.”

With space to accommodate five high school swim teams, the Aquatic Center is built to support future district growth.  The 80,000 square-foot, multi-use facility — funded by Northwest ISD taxpayers in the 2017 bond election — features a 50-meter stretch competition pool, a 4-lane, 25-yard practice pool, seating for 850 guests, a sports performance training center, and a full-service sports medicine rehabilitation center and health clinic, both staffed by Texas Health Resources.

"Our collaboration with NISD directly allows us to fulfill both our mission and vision to provide a lifetime of health and well-being,” said Clint Abernathy, President of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance.  “Our team’s children, husbands, wives and neighbors are all part of this world class district and will all benefit from this facility.”

On the east side of the Aquatic Center, the wheelchair accessible practice pool area is a multi-purpose, revenue generating feature for the district.  The pool provides an opportunity for year-round swim lessons, water aerobics classes, swim and water safety courses and private swim lessons. 

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Utilizing classroom space in the Aquatic Center ­— architecturally designed to enhance the district’s plans to create a Sports Medicine Pathway as part of its health sciences program NISD students will learn from NISD educators and a variety of professionals who work in the sports medicine industry.   

 “This opportunity to partner with NISD on an innovative health and well-bring platform, along with a robust healthcare education for the students is a grand opportunity to empower learners and future leaders,” Abernathy said.

Immediately following the grand opening event, the Olympic-sized pool housed its first intra-district swim and dive meet between the Byron Nelson Bobcats, the Northwest Texans and the Eaton Eagles. 

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“This Aquatic Center allows all three of our high school programs to share one space together at a common practice time,” said Melbourn.  “For the last 40 years or so, the only competition pool in the area was outdoors in Trophy Club.  Now there are many additional opportunities for people to participate in water sports closer to their homes."  

For additional photographs of NISD’s Aquatic Center Grand Opening and first district intra-squad meet, please visit NISD’s Flickr account.