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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 on 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 was later changed to honor former Parks and Recreation Director Beverly S. Sheffield.
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: a 50-meter lap lane pool, an aerobic pool, a zero-entry toddler pool, a shade structure, a spray ground feature, a diving board, family restrooms, 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.
- Community Engagement start: Summer 2022
- Construction start: Fall 2023
- Construction end: Fall 2024
The final concept includes the following elements:
- Kiddie Pool with Zero Depth Entry
- Renovated Changing Rooms and Restrooms
- New Fence, Entry Gates, and Accessible Entrance
- New Pump Room Addition
- New Service Drive
- New Stepped Entry to Pool
- 8 50-meter lanes or 8 25-yard lanes for variation and different swimming styles
Final Concept Site Plan
Final Concept Site Plan Northern Half
- Initial Concept A
- Initial Concept B
The community engagement process for the renovation project began during the 2022 swim season. The community feedback is shared below.
Final Concept Survey (closed October 29): View Survey Results
Community Engagement Meeting #2
September 28, 2022, 7 to 8 p.m.
Community Survey #2 (closed July 25): View Survey Results
Community Meeting #1
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7 p.m.
In-person at Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr, Austin, TX 78757
Community Survey #1 (closed June 1): View Survey Results
Funding and Resources
This project will be funded through the 2018 GO Bond.
For more information or questions, contact Patrick Beyer, Project Manager with PARD, by email or phone at (512) 974-9476.