The 75,000 sq. ft. Deaconess Aquatic Center celebrated its grand opening in October 2021, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Olympic Gold medalist swimmer Lilly King. King grew up swimming in Evansville and has the new Lily King Competition Pool named in her honor, bearing a large mural featuring King placed on the poolside wall.
The City of Evansville realized a great need in the community for more swimming programs. The city’s existing Llyod Pool was no longer in a state to support quality competitive and recreational swimming programming. The new aquatic center was funded by title sponsor Deaconess Health System and a mix of public and private funds and will be managed by the YMCA. The pool will be used for college competitions and hosting the NCAA Division II men’s and women’s swimming and diving national championships in 2026.