East Library and Recreation Center

Arlington, TX


After eight years in the making, the newly opened City of Arlington East Library and Recreation Center (ELARC) celebrated its grand opening in November 2020. During a 2014 Bond Election, Arlington voters approved $26 million for a new facility to replace the aging Hugh Smith Recreation Center and the East Branch Library. The newly constructed 47,250 sq. ft. facility offers a variety of programs, amenities, and resources for residents of all ages.

ELARC was created to be a single building with two distinct functions, architects were inspired by the architecture and automotive designs from the 1950s and today. The intertwining of curved and angular elements, joined by a shared lobby space creates a state-of-the-art facility that honors Arlington’s history while providing a modern space for present and future generations.

The recreation side of the facility features an indoor pool, a gymnasium with full-size basketball court, multiple workout locations, locker rooms, a group exercise room, a senior lounge, community rooms, a childcare center, and outdoor recreational amenities.

Pool Type

Indoor 25 Yard

Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Project Service

Design Services

Most Recent Project

Completed 2020

Project Amenities

The center’s 113,000-gallon indoor pool will operate year-round and provide a variety of aquatic programming including lap swimming, aqua-fitness classes, lifeguard certification, swim lessons, and recreational swimming.

3,000 sq. ft. Lap Pool

Four 25 yard lap lanes

Stair Entry

Underwater Bench

Water Basketball

Water Volleyball


Climbing Wall

Deep Water Plunge Area

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