Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center

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The renovated Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center

After more than a year of construction, Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center is ready to reopen Monday, June 21.

The nearly 50-year-old facility in the Bethel neighborhood closed in February 2020 just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic for expansion and renovation, thanks to funding from the Parks and Recreation Bond measure passed by Eugene voters in May 2018.

Even though the facility is open starting Monday, registration is still required for all swim and fitness programs. There won’t be any drop-in availability until OHA COVID guidelines change. Aquatics holds registration every other Tuesday. You can find more information about registration at getrec.org/pools or by calling Echo Hollow directly at 541-682-5525.

The project cost $11.5 million and improvements include:

  • Expanding the outdoor pool to 25 meters by 25 yards to maximize lap swim lanes and to create enough space to host water polo practices and matches. Two springboards (1 and 3 meters) also were added with an increased depth of 13 feet.
  • Adding a brand-new 3,490-square foot activity pool that includes zero-entry, splash play, water basketball, two more swim lanes and a nearly 19-foot slide that is 134 feet long.
  • Renovating the indoor pool, adding a new zero-entry ramp and deepening the deep end to allow for dive starts in all lanes.
  • Adding 1,300-square feet of staff office space adjacent to the old entrance.
  • Building an additional 1,576-square foot mechanical room to manage the larger footprint of the pools.
  • Renovating both locker rooms, adding private showers, new lockers and two family changing rooms.
  • Upgrading energy efficiency, including adding a 167-panel solar array to the roof and upgrading to LED lighting.

An opening celebration centered around a community Rec swim is planned for later in the summer after restrictions around pool usage lessen.

This renovation happened at the same time as another bond-funded expansion at Campbell Community Center, which is currently in the process of reopening. An event to celebrate that project will happen in late July.

More information.

After more than a year of construction, Echo Hollow Pool & Fitness Center is ready to reopen Monday, June 21.

The nearly 50-year-old facility in the Bethel neighborhood closed in February 2020 just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic for expansion and renovation, thanks to funding from the Parks and Recreation Bond measure passed by Eugene voters in May 2018.

Even though the facility is open starting Monday, registration is still required for all swim and fitness programs. There won’t be any drop-in availability until OHA COVID guidelines change. Aquatics holds registration every other Tuesday. You can find more information about registration at getrec.org/pools or by calling Echo Hollow directly at 541-682-5525.

The project cost $11.5 million and improvements include:

  • Expanding the outdoor pool to 25 meters by 25 yards to maximize lap swim lanes and to create enough space to host water polo practices and matches. Two springboards (1 and 3 meters) also were added with an increased depth of 13 feet.
  • Adding a brand-new 3,490-square foot activity pool that includes zero-entry, splash play, water basketball, two more swim lanes and a nearly 19-foot slide that is 134 feet long.
  • Renovating the indoor pool, adding a new zero-entry ramp and deepening the deep end to allow for dive starts in all lanes.
  • Adding 1,300-square feet of staff office space adjacent to the old entrance.
  • Building an additional 1,576-square foot mechanical room to manage the larger footprint of the pools.
  • Renovating both locker rooms, adding private showers, new lockers and two family changing rooms.
  • Upgrading energy efficiency, including adding a 167-panel solar array to the roof and upgrading to LED lighting.

An opening celebration centered around a community Rec swim is planned for later in the summer after restrictions around pool usage lessen.

This renovation happened at the same time as another bond-funded expansion at Campbell Community Center, which is currently in the process of reopening. An event to celebrate that project will happen in late July.

More information.

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    Is the Echo Hollow pool project still on track to open when the governor opens Lane County?

    KatyPel asked 8 months ago

    Hi! Yes, Echo Hollow Pool is on track to open this spring, and we are using the Oregon risk and protection framework guidelines to determine what we can offer at all of our facilities. We lowered to "high risk" on Tuesday, meaning we have some increased capacity, but we are still assessing what that means. As for Echo Hollow specifically the plan will be to allow swimming in the outdoor pool just like we currently do at Amazon Pool and then as the risk and protection framework allows, we'll open up other parts of the facility. We have a ton of fun things planned for the end of the renovation so follow us on social media!

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    What is the latest re-opening date for Echo Hollow Pool classes (arthritis exercise, particularly) . Thanks for the answer!

    PK asked 9 months ago

    Hi! The renovation at Echo Hollow is getting closer to complete but we can't yet commit to anything more firm than spring of 2021. Reopening will be contingent upon the Governor's orders, so we won't know when we'll be out of the state's extreme risk level. We can promise that we will communicate all of this broadly and with plenty of notice to give our patrons time to plan!

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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 almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years 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.