The Frisco, Texas Independent School District is finalizing plans for a new aquatics facility that is targeted to open in the fall of 2021, which will give the district two 50 meter pools to serve its rapidly-expanding student body.
The district’s existing natatorium, the Bruce Eubanks Natatorium, opened in 2003 and in 2015 was named after a former swim coach who launched the district’s swimming program in 2001.
The new pool is planned to be identical in scope to the existing one, according to a presentation by architecture and engineering design firm Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Inc. to the Frisco ISD board at a Nov. 1 meeting. The existing natatorium has an 8-lane 50-meter pool that can be converted into 18 short course yards lanes. That facility seats 800 spectators.
The pool plays home to both the district’s swimming and diving programs, as well as a synchronized swimming club (PTX) and at least 2 swimming clubs (FASST and Texas Ford), among many other activities.
The Frisco Independent School District was first formed in 1876, and remained a relatively-small district until the mid 1990s. In 1995, the district had 4 schools. In the 24-years since, they’ve opened 64 new schools, making it one of the fastest-growing (and largest) districts in the country in one of the country’s fastest-growing cities. The district now has over 60,000 enrolled students among the city’s population of 177,000 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The district will be opening its 11th high school in 2021 – the same time as the opening of the new pool.
The DFW Metroplex is becoming a high-density area for major 50 meter pool complexes. A Lewisville ISD facility played host to a recent stop of the International Swimming League also holds 800 spectators, one of two such large natatoriums in the district, and several other local school districts have built large-scale 50 meter facilities, including Rockwall ISD, Mansfield ISD, and Carroll ISD.
With more than 10,000 boys and 10,000 girls participating in high school swimming & diving, Texas ranks 2nd in the country behind only California.