Groundbreaking at Aquatic Center
The Romeoville Village Board approved a new 20,000 square-foot aquatic center during its Aug. 19 meeting. The facility will be located between the existing Romeoville Athletic and Event Center, and RC Hill. The project is also expected to include 12,000 square feet of aquatic space as well as a large outdoor splash pad.
According to Assistant Village Manager Dawn M. Caldwell, the total estimated cost for this will be $10 million and the bond issue will be paid through tax increment financing, that subsidizes companies by refunding or diverting a portion of their taxes to help finance development in an area or (less frequently) on a project site.
“We have been planning for some type of community space in this area for many years,” Caldwell said. “We reviewed many options and feel this is the best option for the community. It offers something that we do not have in the community and it is something that could be used all year.”
Currently, the village is in the design phase and residents may see some minor site prep in the fall, but full construction will begin in 2021, and completion is anticipated in the spring of 2022. The next step will be to work with the architect and finalize the design, Caldwell said.
At this time, Romeoville does not have a large-scale splash pad and an indoor pool, and so this will be a good addition to the village, Mayor John Noak said in a release.
Indoor features on the plan include a water slide, interactive play area, wellness lap area, and a zero-depth entry to the pool. The splash pad would feature a shelter, picnic tables, and shade sails.
“The lap pool to help with an arthritic swim, swim lessons, water aerobics, and other programs we cannot offer today,” Caldwell said. “The outdoor splash pad will be the largest one in the community.”
On September 9, 2021, ground broke at the job site.
“A large scale splash pad and indoor pool are amenities not currently offered in Romeoville,” stated Mayor John Noak. “The indoor element of the pool would allow us the flexibility to use it in the winter months as well.”
The Indoor Features of the Plan Include:
- Water Slide
- Interactive Play Area
- Wellness Lap Area
- A Zero-Depth Entry to the Pool
The splash pad would feature a shelter, picnic tables, and shade sails. When combined, these amenities would provide year-round fun for Romeoville residents. This will be the first indoor pool and the third and largest splash pad for the Village.
View the photos from Romeoville’s breaking ground ceremony below, and take a look at Harbour’s team.
Renderings of the structure’s exterior and interior can be viewed below, courtesy of Dewberry