City of Arlington East Library and Recreation Center

Arlington, TX
Construction Cost: $21,000,000
Area / Square Feet: 47,250 sq.ft.
Occupancy Date: November 2020

Eight years in the making, the City of Arlington East Library and Recreation Center (ELARC) celebrated its grand opening in November 2020. The 47,250-square-foot facility offers a variety of programs, amenities and resources for residents of all ages.

A single building with two distinct functions, the ELARC has a look inspired by the architectural and automotive designs from the 1950s and today. Intertwining curved and angular elements are joined by a shared lobby space, creating a state-of-the-art facility that honors Arlington’s history while providing a modern space for present and future generations. The recreation side of the facility features an indoor multipurpose swimming pool, a gymnasium with a full-size basketball court, multiple workout locations, locker rooms, a group exercise room, a senior lounge, community rooms, a childcare center and outdoor recreational amenities.

The center’s 3,000-square-foot, 113,000-gallon indoor swimming pool operates year-round and provides a variety of aquatic programs, including lap swimming, recreational swimming, swim lessons and aqua fitness classes. A deep-water area facilitates lifeguard training and certification courses. Lap lanes can be converted for active recreation participation through the installation of a floatable obstacle course.


LEAD ARCHITECT: Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects



  • Four 25-yard lap lanes
  • Stair entry
  • Underwater bench
  • Water basketball
  • Water volleyball
  • Aqua zipline
  • Climbing wall
  • Deep-water plunge area


Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc.

Filtration Systems, Gutters: Neptune Benson / Evoqua

Water Play Features: Recreonics Inc.

ADA Lifts, Access Ramps/Stairs, Ladders/Grab Bars, AquaClimb Water Play Features: Spectrum Aquatics