Designers of the Fretz Regional Aquatic Center had three primary goals: to reimagine a dilapidated 1954 community pool for a growing and vibrant North Dallas community, to create an exciting landmark attraction adjacent to a library and recreation center, and to work with and preserve the natural beauty of the site.
The main entry pavilion’s large front porch and breezeway create a grand arrival, greeting and comforting visitors during the hot Texas summers. The nautical, sculptural white roof plays off the contextual orange brick and dark steel accents. Swim and play features include an eight-lane regulation lap pool, a lesson/plunge pool, a lazy river, a zero depth-entry children’s pool, a body-flume slide complex, an obstacle-course pool and a water climbing wall. Shade structures, a deck shower, observation lounge chairs and ornamental metal fencing complete the comfortable entertainment experience. Existing mature trees provide natural shade around the swim features.
The aquatic center plays a transformative role for Fretz Park, creating a fresh new image and sense of place at this active corner. In addition, it provides much-needed recreational swim opportunities for the Dallas community.