James A. Leach Aquatic & Recreation Center

Hoke County, N.C.
Construction Cost: $28 million
Area / Square Feet: 55,000
Occupancy Date: Spring 2023

The James A. Leach Aquatic and Recreation Center natatorium features an eight-lane, 25-yard competition pool that caters to serious swimmers and aquatic enthusiasts. Adjacent to the competition pool is a separate recreation pool, complete with a zero-entry ramp, spray features and two exercise swimming lanes. A dynamic waterslide extends outside and back into the pool area, and the second floor offers an accessible spectator seating area accommodating up to 200 individuals.

The natatorium boasts full-height glass walls that flood the interior with natural light and offer unobstructed views of the picturesque surroundings. The thoughtfully designed recreation center also includes a state-of-the-art gymnasium, six versatile multipurpose rooms (including two adjacent to the swimming pools for event hosting), a concessions stand, locker rooms, and administrative offices for the Hoke County Parks and Recreation Department.


SfL+a Architects


 Aquatic Design Group


  • Competition pool with eight 25-yard lap lanes
  • Recreation pool
  • Spray features
  • Waterslide


ADA Lifts
Aqua Creek Products
Chemical Control Systems
BECS Technology Inc.
Scoreboard/Timing Systems
Colorado Time Systems 
Lane MarkersCompetitor Swim
Lincoln Aquatics
Filtration Systems, Gutters, Ladders/Grab Bars, Starting BlocksPaddock Pool Equipment Co. 
Water Play FeaturesRecreonics Inc.