After more than a year of construction, Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center is ready to reopen on Monday, June 21.
The nearly 50-year-old facility in the Bethel neighborhood closed in February 2020 just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic for expansion and renovation, thanks to funding from the Parks and Recreation Bond measure adopted by voters in Eugene in May 2018.
Even though the facility is open from Monday, registration is still required for all swimming and fitness programs. There will be no availability until the OHA COVID guidelines change. Aquatics holds registrations every other Tuesday. You can find more information on registration at getrec.org/pools or by calling Echo Hollow directly at 541-682-5525.
The project cost $ 11.5 million and the improvements include:
- Expansion of the outdoor swimming pool to 25 meters by 25 meters to maximize the swimming lanes and create enough space to accommodate training and water polo matches. Two springboards (1 and 3 meters) have also been added with an increased depth of 13 feet.
- Addition of a brand new 3,490 square foot activity pool which includes zero entry, splash games, water basketball, two other swimming lanes and a slide of nearly 19 feet and a 134 feet long.
- Renovation of the indoor pool, addition of a new zero entry ramp and deepening of the deep end to allow dive starts in all channels.
- Addition of 1,300 square feet of office space for staff adjacent to the old entrance.
- Construct an additional 1,576 square foot mechanical room to handle the larger pool footprint.
- Renovation of the two changing rooms, addition of private showers, new lockers and two family changing rooms.
- Improve energy efficiency, including adding a 167-panel solar panel on the roof and upgrading to LED lighting.
An opening celebration centered on community swimming is planned for later in the summer after restrictions on pool use decrease.
This renovation came along with another bond-funded expansion to the Campbell Community Center, which is currently being reopened. An event to celebrate this project will take place at the end of July.
For more information on the 2018 Parks and Recreation Bond and Levy or the 30 Year Network Plan, visit eugparksandrec.org.