Yankton, S.D., made a big splash in the community when opening the long-awaited Huether Family Aquatic Center, a project made possible by a group of community members that created the “Dive In, Yankton!” campaign in 2017.
The original pool, built in 1947 following World War II, had been leaking more than 71,000 gallons of water daily and was not sufficient in serving members of the community, resulting in a loss of sales tax dollars and revenue. Voters highly supported a tax levy increase and by the end of 2018, Dive-In Yankon! had received up to $2 million, including a generous $1 million donation from the Huether Family Foundation.
The 50-meter competition pool is suitable for lap swimming, swimming lessons and diving, with open water for leisurely swim. Users can exert more energy by playing water basketball, battling the vortex pool, taking a ride down the thrilling body slide with extreme height and speed, or they can relax down the meandering lazy river and cool off through the spray channel. Younger audiences can engage with the play structure, spray features and the spray zone found in the zero-depth family pool. Adventure awaits for locals and visitors alike, with additional unique amenities including a floating wiggle bridge water walk and a climbing wall.
LEAD ARCHITECT: Stockwell
AQUATIC DESIGN CONSULTANT: Water Technology Inc.
• 50-meter competition pool
• Zero-depth family pool
• Water basketball feature
• Vortex pool
• Water slide
• Lazy river
• Splash pad
• Climbing wall
• Wiggle bridge water walk
Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc.
Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems
Lane Markers: Competitor Swim
Filtration Systems: Neptune Benson / Evoqua
Gutters: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.
Cleaners/Vacuums: Recreation Supply Co.
Ladders/Grab Bars, Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics
ADA Lifts, Ladders/Grab Bars: S.R.Smith