The Oxford Aquatic Center had a few key goals: serve a variety of ages, be self-supporting, provide employment opportunities and attract visitors to Oxford. The old community pool was geared toward youths primarily ages 5 through 12. The main goal of the new aquatic center was to have amenities to serve all age sectors from toddlers to teens to seniors. This main goal is the reason why the Oxford Aquatic Center has three different size slides; a zero-depth entry to serve all physical abilities, including those in wheelchairs; a separate competition pool with diving boards to serve lap swimmers and those desiring deeper-water activities, including water fitness classes; a lazy river for those looking to enjoy the water in a more relaxing atmosphere; and a kiddie pool specifically for ages 3 and under, but still connected to the main activity pool so parents can supervise multiple children.
To better serve parents with multiple children, the kiddie pool was integrated into the activity pool, although still separated by a barrier wall to keep small children safe from deeper water. This saved money in filtration, and also didn’t require a dedicated lifeguard.
Sustainability was a major contributing factor in terms of design. Lifeguard requirements were heavily considered, as staffing is the largest expense. Striking the balance between providing a safe facility and minimizing costs is key. The lazy river was designed large enough to enjoy, yet small enough for one lifeguard to safely monitor. Construction methods were also chosen for sustainability. Stainless steel sides/gutters are designed to last the life of the facility. The filtration system was plumbed for future use of UV disinfection. Variable-frequency drives were installed on all pumps to reduce energy usage and extend life expectancy.