The city of Round Rock has signed a letter of intent to partner with Round Rock ISD on a proposed indoor aquatic center should RRISD voters approve $22 million in funding for the project, Round Rock City Manager Laurie Hadley said Thursday.
Hadley made the announcement during a public period comment at the RRISD board of trustees meeting.
“The facility absolutely has the ability to impact so many current and future students,” Hadley said.
Last year, RRISD, the city of Round Rock, CHASCO Family YMCA and the Avery family paid for a feasibility study by aquatics consultant Counsilman-Hunsaker to determine the building’s financial requirements in addition to the elements necessary to meet the needs of a growing area swim community.
The center, also known as a natatorium, has been proposed to be located in north Round Rock across from the Texas A&M Health Science Center on land that would be donated by the Avery family.
Proponents of the proposed center, including RRISD high schools and private swim clubs, say existing public and neighborhood pools do not provide enough room to accommodate the number of swimmers who want to participate.
RRISD’s upcoming $572.09 million bond election on May 6 includes $22 million in funding for the center. The money in that bond item was included to allow RRISD to fund a center to meet its own needs while continuing to pursue partnership opportunities, according to the district.
Round Rock Mayor Pro Tem Craig Morgan, who also spoke Thursday during the RRISD board meeting, said the center could benefit RRISD students but also attract out-of-town swimmers and visitors, as well.