Aquatic Center

The newest version of the Yankton aquatic center was posted for examination by the public at a meeting Tuesday at the Yankton Middle School.


The latest schematic for the aquatic center was unveiled to the public Tuesday.

Stockwell Engineers, in coordination with the city of Yankton, presented the latest version of the Huether Family Aquatics Center plan at a public meeting at Yankton Middle School.

Landscape Architect David Locke presented adjustments made to the aquatics center master plan to accommodate public comments received at the last open house meeting.

“We are going to start out recapping the final master plan that was voted on in the last year,” Locke said. “We had a public meeting prior to the vote and this was the plan that was included as a part of the vote and the final match plan.”

The proposed $16 million aquatic center was approved in an opt-out election late last year by a margin of 66 percent for to 34 percent against. In addition to a $2 million contribution from the City of Yankton, community organization Dive In Yankton raised $2 million, $1 million of which came as a donation from Mike and Cindy Huether.

The design changes presented Tuesday included widening the zero-entry point in the leisure pool, adjusting the size of the lazy river, moving the mechanical building to the north side of the facility, and making design accommodations for two additional water slides to expand the facility in the future.

“In regards to the size of the lazy river, people felt like they wanted to have it a little bit larger, in terms of its length, so we worked on that as part of this revised concept,” Locke said. “The other comment was in regards to zero-depth entry, to make sure that we maximized the amount of zero-depth entry, that easy area to walk in to the water to the leisure pool for the elderly, kids and those with disabilities. It’s a very active zone for families as well, so we wanted to make sure we captured an area for that.”

The lazy river was also widened and water features will be added.

“We still have the adventure channel and the vortex, but we narrowed up some of the middle island so we can create these into water features as well,” Locke said. Possible water features in the lazy river included a water hedge, sprays and a water foam head with a water geyser in the middle

Locke assured the audience that anybody going down the lazy river could easily steer clear of the water features if they didn’t want to get splashed.

The mechanical building was moved from the south portion of the concept drawing to the north to reduce cost by simplifying the routing of the waterlines through the facility, he said.

“The final change (involved) thinking about the future of the facility and some potential elements that could be added to the facility later on down the road,” Locke said. “Part of the schematic design is looking at ways to accommodate two additional future slides.”

The current plan provides for a tube slide and a body slide, but as a part of future expansion, there could be a drop slide and another body slide added without changing the plan.

Locke emphasized that drop slide and second body slide are optional and could be added later.

Designers also fielded input from young swimmers.

“One of the fun things that we did for the community over the last couple of weeks is created a voting ballot. We had elementary kids vote on what type of play structure they wanted in the leisure pool, “Locke said. “We had almost 1,000 kids vote on the play feature they wanted and over 75 percent chose ‘Option C’ with the main element of a wide slide that you could go down with a friend or with your family.”

The children also voted on a splash-pad theme, and almost 70 percent chose the option with more of a nature theme with water features, bamboo trees and flower features, he said.

With the basic design concept completed, engineers will be able to work up detailed cost estimates, Locke said.

“We’ve been doing cost estimates along the way, but now that we are really dialed in on a design, the next submittal that we are working towards will be a more detailed cost estimate.”

A review of plan elements carried forward from the master plan included:

• A new parking lot with 150 stalls.

• The bath house angled towards the veterans memorial at the park’s center.

• A partially shaded leisure pool.

• The concession stand serving both the park and the aquatic center, with a patio eating area inside the aquatic center.

• Three picnic shelters distributed throughout the facility to rent for parties.

• A three-foot berm with trees and landscaping located on the west side of the facility where the current parking lot is located. That lot will be removed. There will also be additional landscaping on the north side of the facility along 21st St.

• A 50-meter competition pool that can be used for swim meets, but has anchors for play elements, such as basketball hoops, a climbing wall and a slack line.

• Two tree-meter and two one-meter diving boards located on the south side of the competition pool.

According to Stockwells’ timeline, construction documents will be completed this August, with the project bid out in September and awarded bid in October. Construction is not expected to begin until November, so the current pool’s last season will not be affected.

Construction should run through October 2020, with the completed aquatic center opening in the spring of 2021.

Memorial Park will be without a pool for the summer of 2020.

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