The City of El Centro actively worked on securing the funding for a new aquatic center for 15 years. Planning and fundraising efforts prevailed and the 3.5 acre El Centro Aquatic Center opened in the Fall of 2019. Due to the culture of the El Centro community and its proximity to Mexico, a large and bilingual community outreach effort shaped the planning and execution of the new facility.
The award-winning facility features a 25-yard competition pool, an interactive children’s / recreational pool, an instructional / fitness pool, a lazy river, beautiful support buildings and space for a future water slide. The competition pool features eight 25-yard lanes and pool depths that range from 3’-6” to 10’-3”. The interactive children’s / recreational pool is circular in shape and has 12 unique interactive water play features. The instructional / fitness pool features three 25-yard lanes, pool depths that range from 3’-0” to 4’-6” and stairs that run the entire length of the pool. With over 13,500 square feet of water of various depths and temperatures a wide array of aquatic programming is offered to meet the present and future needs of any El Centro and Imperial County regional resident.