Columbia Swim Center indoor pool reopens, wrapping up three summers of renovations

September 20, 2018

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 — Columbia Swim Center has reopened with a brand new look, the result of three consecutive summers of renovations to one of the community’s first recreational facilities.

The SplashDown water slides are expected to reopen on Saturday, October 13. Parties start on Saturday, October 20 but are available for booking now.

“I’m proud to welcome our members and guests back to Columbia Swim Center,” said Marty Oltmanns, director of aquatics for Columbia Association. “These renovations have taken a popular facility and made it even better so that it can continue to serve the community well into the future.”

The three-phase project took place during summertime — when Columbia Association’s (CA) 23 outdoor pools were open — minimizing the impact on swimmers.

Construction began in summer 2016, replacing SplashDown with newer, faster water slides and revamping the flume tower stairwell. Work continued in summer 2017, when crews expanded the locker rooms; renovated the lobby area and hallways; added private showers; increased the number of changing areas for families with small children; upgraded flooring; and completed some work on the building’s roof and ADA accessibility.

The most recent phase began after the traditional Memorial Day Weekend opening of CA’s outdoor pools. Highlights of the project included replacing the roof over Columbia Swim Center’s Main Pool and adding a new canopy to the front entrance.

Columbia Swim Center features 11 swimming lanes — the 6-lane, 25-yard Main Pool and the 5-lane, 25-yard Program Pool — as well as the SplashDown water slides, a wading pool, swim lessons, and shallow and deep water fitness classes. For more information, visit

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