The Rec Center

Rochester’s Swimming & Diving Community Home
The Rochester Recreation Center was built in 1975.  The center contains facilities for hockey, swimming and diving.  The pool within the Rec Center is known as one of the fastest short-course pools in the upper-Midwest.  Throughout the years, all facilities within the Rec Center have been constantly used every day, nearly all year.  This constant wear and tear has required significant work just to keep everything running.
Why Improvements are Needed?
    • 40 years of daily use
    • Filtration system/plumbing deterioration
    • Too shallow for racing starts in the shallow end (3’6”)
    • Bulkhead assembly and disassembly
    • No warm up pool when using the 50m pool
    • Promoting health and wellness
              What has changed in the pool area?
              NEW 4-lane, 25 yard warm water pool
                • Swim lessons
                • Water Aerobics
                • Warm ups / cool down
              Existing 50 meter pool improvements
                • New gutters, MYRTHA liner
                • Longer with two movable bulkheads
                • Deeper 4’2” shallow end to 13’8” deep end
                • New pool deck
              NEW filtration system
                • Health benefits to all
              How can you help?
              Items to Fund:
                • Two movable bulkheads
                • Sixteen starting blocks
                • Two - 1 meter diving boards
                • Three meter diving platform with two boards
                • Additional seating
                • Scoreboard and timing equipment
                • Lane lines
              Total Cost: $800,000
              Who comes to the Recreation Center Pool?
              • Learn to Swim Programs
              • Aquatic Safety Students
              • USA Swimming
              • Minnesota Swimming
              • NCAA
              • Special Olympics
              • YMCA
              • Minnesota State High School League
              • Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
                • (NSIC) - 16 Division II Colleges
              Economic Impact (2013)
              DateEventAthletesHotel Rooms
              FEBPresidents Day / Herring A Meet750300
              FEBHigh School Boys Sectional Meet150
              MARWinter Midwest Regional Meet50050
              MARAge Group State Meet1800700
              JUNSummer Invite700300
              JULSummer Midwest Regional Meet75050
              OCTHigh School Girls Conference Meet200
              NOVHigh School Girls Sectional Meet200
              DECOrcas 8/Under Meet20030
              DECNSIC Division II Conference Meet400350

              * 2017 Zone Meet (Aug. 3-7) - Estimated impact to Rochester: $500,000