The City of Austin 2018 General Obligation Bond included funding for the renovation of this beloved aquatic facility in Northwest Austin. The community engagement process for the renovation project will begin in early 2022. The aquatic facility at Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District park will continue to be a gem of the community and complement the future vision of Northwest District Park.

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Image of the entrance to the Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest Aquatic Facility

Background

On July 28, 1956, the Northwest Pool and Bathhouse opened to the public. The pool and bathhouse cost $200,000 to construct and were dedicated with great fanfare on August 9, 1956. The pool was the first 50-meter regulation Olympic-sized pool in Austin, which allowed the city to qualify for national swimming meets. The Northwest Park Bathhouse was a modern-design circular bathhouse with open-air dressing rooms. Also built in 1956, the building is eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Northwest Park, which hosts the aquatic facility, proved to be extremely popular. In its first full month of operation in August 1956, attendance at the new Olympic-size pool eclipsed that of Barton Springs.

The name of the park and pool were later changed to honor former Parks and Recreation Director Beverly S. Sheffield.

Project Description

The 2018 Aquatic Master Plan calls for Sheffield Northwest Pool to be a regional aquatic center, maintaining the 50-meter lanes. The Regional Aquatic Center classification identifies the following possible characteristics and amenities: 50-meter lap lane pool, a program/aerobic pool, zero-entry activity pool (tot pool), water slide, shade structure, spray ground feature, diving board with well, gender-neutral bathhouse, family restrooms, training/party room, deck space, and aquatic office space.

The project will also participate in the City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program, which will commission a permanent art installation at the pool facility.

Anticipated Timeline

  • Community Engagement start: January 2022
  • Construction start: Summer 2023
  • Construction end: Winter 2024

Community Engagement

As documented in the aquatic master plan, a robust public engagement process will be conducted to gather feedback on the amenities and to assist in identifying the character of the Sheffield Northwest Aquatic Facility.   

Community engagement is expected to begin January 2022. Check back here for updates. In the meantime, the Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park Vision Plan is ongoing.

Funding and Resources

This project will have a $7 million dollar construction budget funded through 2018 GO Bond.

Contact Information

For more information or questions, email PARDNorthwestPool@austintexas.gov or Patrick Beyer.