• Pool Type Indoor Leisure
  • Project Type Parks & Recreation
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2018
  • ArchitectARC Architects


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Eastside Community Center

Tacoma, WA

Photos courtesy of Rick Keating Photography

The new 55,000 sq. ft. Eastside Community Center offers a multi-use gymnasium, a social hall, meeting rooms, a culinary kitchen, a weight room aquatics area, and cardio-fitness areas.

The new community center was made possible by a partnership between Metro Parks Tacoma, the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Housing Authority, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, the Greater Metro Parks Foundation, and the Billy Ray Shirley III Foundation. The center is expected to attract as many as 350,000 users annually, including 200 youngsters each weekday through programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.

The anchor attraction of the center is the new 318,000-gallon swimming pool which replaced the existing Eastside Pool and will provide a lot of extra fun for all ages including:

5,000 sq. ft. Recreation Pool

  • 1-meter diving board
  • Dropslide
  • Climbing wall
  • Aqua zip
  • Rolling log
  • Two stair entries
  • Vortex
  • Various spray features
  • Separate recreation pool with four 25-yard lap lanes
  • Stair entry
  • Hydrotherapy bench

100 sq. ft. Spa

The LEED Silver-certified community center offers swim lessons, rec swim, lap swim, water exercise, and pool parties.

Publications and Awards:

Athletic Business magazine – ‘Aquatic Design Portfolio’ – 2020

AIA Civic Design Award – 2019
WRPA Spotlight Award – 2019

NAIOP Community Impact Award – 2019