Deaconess Aquatic Center Holds Dedication Ceremony Ahead of Opening

The brand new pool will keep Tri-State swimmers in the pool year round.

Posted: Oct 1, 2021 5:31 PM

It may be the end of the summer swim season, but the river city is ready to dive in. The brand new Deaconess Aquatic Center will keep swimmers in the pool year round.

The Deaconess Aquatic Center has been in the works for nearly 3 years, and starting on Monday, swimmers can officially hit the pool deck.

The brand new facility across the street from Garvin Park is replacing Lloyd Pool, which was used recreationally and competitively for decades.

The aquatic center features a splash pad, a diving well, four locker rooms, nearly 1,000 seats for spectators, and more.

It also includes a 50 meter competitive pool named after Evansville’s own gold medal Olympian Lily King.

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says the pool more than meets the city’s expectations.

“We really wanted to do more than just replace Lloyd Pool. We wanted a state of the art competition pool for swimming and diving. A facility that would attract new events to our region. We've done that. As Steve said, the Lily King Competition Pool at the Deaconess Aquatic Center will host the 2026 Division 2 National Swimming and Diving Championships and we think we have more announcements to make in the not too near future,” Mayor Winnecke said at the dedication ceremony.

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