Long Bridge Health, Aquatic, & Fitness Center

Arlington, VA
Construction Cost: $60M
Area / Square Feet: 92,000 SF
Occupancy Date: August 2020

The long, rich history of the Longbridge Aquatics and Fitness Center goes back nearly 10 years prior to its 2020 opening, when voters approved Phase 2 in a 2012 bond referendum. By 2014, the construction bid came in too high and the project was put on hold.

Fast forward to 2016, when after robust community engagement, the new plan for the facility and park expansion was presented to the board and approved, and funding for Phase 2 was secured. In 2017, a design/build approach was selected and a contract was awarded to a local architect. The construction team broke ground on the world-class 92,000-square-foot facility in 2018. By 2021, it was open to the public.

The recreation center is designed to ensure wellness and recreation offerings for users of all ages and abilities. The competition area features a pristine 50-meter competition pool with two moveable bulkheads and 3- and 5-meter diving boards. Recreational swimmers enjoy the leisure pool with four lap lanes, a winding lazy river, a splash pad and a thrilling waterslide. Other fun features include water volleyball and water basketball. 


LEAD ARCHITECT: Page Southerland Page



  • 50-meter competition pool
  • Two moveable bulkheads
  • 3-meter diving board
  • 5-meter diving board
  • Leisure pool
  • Lazy river 
  • Splash pad 
  • Water slide 
  • Water basketball 
  • Water volleyball


Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc.

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems

Filtration Systems: Neptune Benson / Evoqua

Bulkheads, Gutters: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Ladders/Grab Bars, Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics

ADA Lifts, Ladders/Grab Bars: S.R.Smith