Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center

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Rendering of Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center

Polishing a gem in our system

Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center is nearing 50 years old and has met its capacity in serving our growing Bethel population. Expansion and renovation — thanks to $10.4 million from the bond — will meet increased demand for pool space for recreation and competitive swimmers.

Construction began in February 2020 and is expected to be completed in early spring 2021. The facility will be closed during construction, but Amazon Pool opened Feb. 24, 2020 to accommodate demand for pool space. Please note that during the public health emergency all City of Eugene Recreation pools and facilities are closed.

The expansion and renovation will include the addition of an outdoor recreation pool and added swim lanes. The building's energy and sustainability standards will be improved as well, including an addition of a solar array on the roof.

More information.

Polishing a gem in our system

Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center is nearing 50 years old and has met its capacity in serving our growing Bethel population. Expansion and renovation — thanks to $10.4 million from the bond — will meet increased demand for pool space for recreation and competitive swimmers.

Construction began in February 2020 and is expected to be completed in early spring 2021. The facility will be closed during construction, but Amazon Pool opened Feb. 24, 2020 to accommodate demand for pool space. Please note that during the public health emergency all City of Eugene Recreation pools and facilities are closed.

The expansion and renovation will include the addition of an outdoor recreation pool and added swim lanes. The building's energy and sustainability standards will be improved as well, including an addition of a solar array on the roof.

More information.


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    Why is there no plan for a warm water therapy pool? (92 to 94 degrees) for our large growing disabled & aging population. Warm water is the only swimming option for those with muscular & mobility issues. We were told this improvement was being made at Echo Hollow. Current there is only 1 warm H20 pool in the county way out in South Eugene. It is 60+ yrs old & is in constant disrepair & in danger of shutdown to to funding issues.

    Sanis asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Due to the limited indoor space at Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center, we unfortunately were never able to consider a warm water pool as part of the renovations. We do hope that upcoming renovations at Sheldon Pool & Fitness Center might be able to include a warm water pool. We will be holding Sheldon Pool public engagement sessions next month and this will be one of the potential enhancements that is discussed.

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    Why would you blow money on locker rooms, a solar array, a grassy area, and "building improvements"? We dont care about that garbage! We care about year round fun for kids and a lazy river pool. You should have known nearby residents have disabilities that need to swim. Who decided to add more sein lanes? That's the biggest waste of money I've ever heard of! A splash pad would be better than a grassy area. How much will the solar array cost? And for the record, I WAS signed up to be notified of new projects via the community engagement signup feature on your site, but I was NEVER notified of any early planning stages or input opportunities. One thing I will guarantee you, is that I will PERSONALLY be collecting input via targeted surveys across all of Bethel and Sheldon. That way, if you pull this crap on the Sheldon process, you'll have to face me and our community... building upgrades??? To benefit who? The staff?? Lol. You gotta be kidding me! I cant believe you people failed so hard. I might as well go back to Portland. Pull this crap at Sheldon and be prepared to be featured on the local news. You better remember who is paying for these upgrades!

    SD asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback on the Echo Hollow Pool expansion. We are sorry to learn that you did not hear about our community feedback sessions that were held on March 13, 2019 and October 16, 2019. These meetings were publicized through our Eugene Rec e-newsletter list (signup available at getrec.org), our Eugene Rec and Echo Hollow Pool Facebook pages, direct communication with pool patrons and local swim teams, and media outreach that resulted in TV coverage of the events. We also collected community feedback through an online survey in March 2019, publicized through these same channels. We received significant input from community members throughout the process, including residents with disabilities.

    The decisions surrounding the addition of pool lanes and the rec pool were made in response to community input regarding functionality and versatility of the pool spaces to allow for as many programming uses of the pools as possible. These uses include lap swim, competitive swim, fitness programs, swim lessons and a seasonal recreation pool with spray water features.

    Regarding your inquiry about the nature of the building improvements, solar array and locker rooms:

    • The Solar Array is incorporated into the project because of an Oregon State Law that requires public entities spend 1.5% of public building construction costs on green energy technology (ORS 279C.527) for major renovations. 
    • The locker room upgrade is a result of the code requirements for the numbers of fixtures (sinks, toilets, showers).  We are adding pool space with the addition of a recreation pool and additional lap lanes, which by code, requires additional fixtures due to the increased occupant loads.
    • Building upgrades are necessary to replace systems at the end of their lifecycle that are very old and risk failure without renovation, as well as to address energy efficiency issues and meet energy code requirements. Echo Hollow Pool is nearly 50 years old, and we must ensure it can continue to serve the community for years to come. These upgrades include energy efficient lighting, plumbing replacements, pool equipment replacements for indoor pool and new equipment to support the additional pool area added outside.  The lobby space addition is included to increase safety and visibility for staff members at the front desk, and to allow additional family change rooms to be built and accessed from the travel path between the front door and pool deck (where staff offices and desk are currently located).

    The final designs have been completed and are currently being incorporated into the construction bidding process, so unfortunately there is no longer opportunity for additional public input into the design. We will begin the public input process for renovations at Sheldon Pool in early 2020.