Forest Park Aquatic Center Unveils Video Map Current Editions
The latest addition to the Forest Park Aquatic Center pool is a bit telling.
The center added an LED video board 31 1/2 feet wide by 12 1/2 feet high.
“It was all privately funded, so there’s no taxpayer money,” said Greg Conner, who is president of Friends of Central Pool, a nonprofit that runs the public pool. “It all came from generous people in the community and businesses who helped us.”
The Noblesville resident said the video card, which he believes is the largest in the Midwest at an outdoor aquatic center, will allow the center to play trivia games, make announcements and show movies in summer. Conner said dates for the film will be announced later.
“It will serve as a scoreboard for competitive swimming and diving and water polo,” Conner said. “We’ve been lucky enough to host some pretty big events. We hosted the AAU National Diving Championships (in 2020), and last time we hosted the US Open Diving Championships and the Indiana Age Group State Championships, therefore (the dashboard is) one more feather in the hat to host more prestigious events.
Construction of the video board began in March and was completed in time for the center’s opening on Memorial Day weekend.
Conner said American Structurepoint donated all professional engineering services required for the video card. Sign Craft Industries provided the structural components and field installation. Sign Craft also provided the Forest Park Aquatic Center LED backlit sign that sits above the video board. Beaty Construction installed the concrete footings that support the video card.
Conner said Gaylor Electric provided the wiring for the video board, which included significant and unplanned upgrades to the existing electrical infrastructure at Forest Park Aquatic Center.
In addition, the Township of Noblesville administrators awarded Forest Park a grant of $40,000. Conner said $10,000 of the grant will be used to increase the cost of chemicals while reducing the cost to the public.
“We were able to keep our entry prices at the same level as last year,” Conner said. “We haven’t increased entrance fees in the last four or five years. Almost everyone’s prices have gone up. We are committed to maintaining an affordable price for the community. The remaining $30,000 will help provide what we call non-swimmer activities. We have two new heavy duty outdoor ping pong tables, two outdoor foosball tables. We have bag throws and outdoor sofas.
Conner grew up swimming in Forest Park.
“I was a competitive swimmer growing up and worked as a lifeguard and managed the facility while attending Purdue during the summers,” said the 2001 graduate of Noblesville High School. “Now all my kids are swimming, so it’s come full circle.”
There are two main pools with an Olympic regulation 50 meter pool.
“The foresight they had when they built this pool in the 1970s is pretty incredible,” Conner said. “The pool is also 25 meters wide, so you can swim in a short course, which is what we swim indoors in high school. It’s 50 meters long so it’s a long course. The dive pool, to our knowledge, is the last outdoor facility in Indiana to have an Olympic regulation diving platform. It has a platform of 5, 7 and 10 meters.
Conner said more than 1,000 athletes are expected to take part in the 22nd Enchanted Forest Invitational July 8-10.
“It attracts swimmers from all over the Midwest,” he said. “We have had teams from the past come from Canada.
Conner said bleachers can hold 1,500 people.
To learn more, visit forestparkpool.org.