The Swim Center, also known as Sinsheimer Pool, is a municipal swimming
facility built in 1979 as an extension of Sinsheimer Park master plan.
Located at 900 Southwood Drive, the Swim Center is jointly operated by
staff from two City departments;
There are two
public pools on the property; a 750,000
gallon, 50 meter by 25 yard Olympic pool; and a
25,000 gallon, 20 feet by 50 feet Therapy pool.
There are two bath
houses on the property. The main
bath house is the larger of the two and has been the primary public use building
since 1984. The original bath house,
built in 1979, is currently used by the Swim Club and for overflow
events. It also houses the mechanical areas where circulation, filtration
and treatments systems are located for the main pool.
Programming of activities is
managed by the Aquatics Division of Parks and Recreation. They
schedule and oversee all public recreational use of the pools and work
closely with Building Maintenance staff to provide safe and efficient
availability of the pools for everything from open public swimming to
Nationally recognized competitive swim meets. In addition, all
housekeeping services are provided by Parks and Recreation Aquatics
staff as well. E-mail inquiries
for information about the Swim Center's activities or for housekeeping
issues can be made
directly to the Parks and Recreation Department Aquatics
maintenance is handled by Building Maintenance, a Division of Public
Works. Technical staff are at the site daily and are responsible for maintaining all the
chemical and mechanical systems. The most current equipment
and controller technology are installed and monitored to insure there
is always safe and clean water both pools, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
for information about the Swim Center's physical plant can be made
directly to either the Public Works Department
Requests for repairs
can be made on-line through the Customer Service
The Olympic and Therapy pools are chemically treated to maintain state
standards for safe operation. Each pool is treated using
the same chemical methods - a
combination of Liquid Chlorine and Acid. Chlorine is the primary disinfectant with Acid used to
maintain pH balance.
Water disinfection is achieved using the Chlorine and Acid
which are both stored and dispensed from large sealed tanks. The
chemicals are precisely metered into the filtered water circulation
line by way of an electronic dispensing system.
Liquid Chlorine and Acid are also used for water disinfection. The chemicals are precisely metered into the filtered water circulation
piping by way of an electronic dispensing system.
In addition to chemical treatment, mechanical cleaning of pool water
and the plaster pool shells is collectively accomplished by several
methods: Sand filtration for the both the Olympic and Therapy Pools; mechanical vacuuming
of the plaster shell using
a self-propelled, remotely controlled underwater vacuum; and hand brushing and vacuuming of the plaster shells from the deck. All
these combined methods insure the cleanest conditions possible
are consistently provided.
Both pools are heated by direct fire gas boilers. The large pool
uses three 1,000,000 BTU boilers. The Therapy Pool uses one 450,000
The three larger
units "stage" their firing as needed and each extracts
residual heat from their exhaust gas when in operation. This helps
each boiler achieve an efficiency rating in the high 90 percentile
range while still being very effective in balancing gas usage with