The major design goal for the new Marshfield Aquatic Center was to create a facility that provided something for all ages and programs. The final design created a facility that provides an interactive play structure for toddlers in a generous zero-depth area. Pre-teens and teenagers enjoy two thrilling water slides. There is also a floatable walk, current channel and diving board. Adults enjoy a large recreational space, with a shaded water bench. The pool can be accessed by an ADA ramp for therapy or physical disabilities. The concept of “universal design” was implemented throughout the project so that any user could enjoy the amenities. Lastly, the competitive swimming community is accommodated with a six-lane, 25-yard competition area featuring ample deck space. This is essential for managing large, weekly competitions.
The Marshfield facility really shines with the design and installation of a custom LED lighting system. The programmable system illuminates each pool, as well as the slides and deck sprays, creating a-one-of-kind visual display that really pops at night. The bathhouse was designed with the guest experience in mind. One wall features the capability to mount a screen for community movie nights. And the roof was constructed to support a second level so it can be used as a party deck for rentals.
The aquatic center was the first phase of a master plan for a new community center. Once the project is fully built out, there will be a recreation center, community gathering spaces, ballfields, park playgrounds and an expansive trail system.