The facility is named in honor of Leigh Pratt, Tooele’s first pool manager and swimming coach who compiled a record of 166 – 9 and 9 state championships while coaching at Tooele High School.
Experience our wonderful kiddy (zero to 2’) and leisure (zero – 3 ½’) pools with water toys, bubble couch, slide, and current river.
The state-of-the-art eight lane competition pool offers lap lanes, 1 and 3 meter diving boards, basketball as well as hosting Utah’s most popular swimming meets and water polo tournaments.
This 31,500 square foot building features top-of-the-line sound and competition equipment, stadium seating, and a family friendly environment.
For over half a century, 1950-2001, the Tooele Memorial Pool served the citizens of Tooele City as a place to learn, play, exercise, and compete. The pool was named in honor of Tooele’s War Veterans who paid the supreme sacrifice while defending their country’s liberties.
In 1948, Tooele City and the Tooele City School District presented a plan to voters and a $100,000 bond was approved. Ground was broken on July 15, 1949, with City Manager Dale James serving as project manager. The $130,000 facility, which included the addition of two outside restrooms, opened on August 14, 1950.
The pool was 44 feet wide and 75 feet long, with graduated depth from 3 to 9 feet. It featured a two sided basketball bank board, two diving boards, and a 3-meter metal platform. The popular “high dive” was removed in a 1975 remodeling project.
Spectators viewed the pool from the east end in a balcony. From 1951 until the 1975 remodeling, a wooden ‘catwalk’ balcony hung over the length of the pool. The pool was originally heated with a coal-fired boiler that was later converted to natural gas.
When the pool was opened it was recognized as the finest aquatics facility in the Mountain West. Tooele hosted several major events in the 1950’s and 1960’s, including junior and senior national Intermountain AAU swimming and diving championships, Pan American synchronized swimming qualifications, and nine Utah state high school swimming championships.
Under the direction of Coach Leigh Pratt, Tooele’s swimming programs flourished during these early years and were recognized as the best in the Intermountain region. Tooele High won nine consecutive state championships between 1955 and 1963 as well as several gold trophies in the annual Intermountain AAU Championships.
The Tooele Pool was more than a training ground for championship swimmers. Thousands of children learned and enhanced their swimming skills in American Red Cross classes, Boy Scouts earned merit badges, and citizens kept in physical shape. But perhaps most important, it was a place for children and families to have fun. Although the Tooele Memorial Pool has been replaced, countless memories will linger forever in the hearts of all those who entered its waters.
Leigh Pratt Aquatic Center, designed to fit within the setting of Tooele’s historic City Park, replaces a 52 year old facility and demonstrates the city’s renewed commitment to aquatics and recreation. The old facility shut down in 2001 as a result of multiple closures each year due to failures of antiquated systems. The new center not only overcomes these problems, but also provides a state-of-the-art facility for years to come. In fact, the aquatic center is designed for current use as well as future expansion to accommodate additional recreation components, as funding becomes available.
The new facility offers aquatic amenities to residents of Tooele and surrounding communities, as well as to Tooele County School District swim teams. Features include a 25-yard, eight-lane competition/lap pool with spectator seating for 500; a 3,500-square-foot leisure pool; and a toddler pool. The leisure pool includes many interesting features, such as a zero-depth entry, a helical slide, an exciting children’s water-play feature, a lazy river and an outdoor sun deck.
The blue-colored glass and metal panels on the building’s exterior project a fun and whimsical appearance that reflects the exhilarating activities that take place within. Bright colors were used throughout the building’s interior, imparting warmth and excitement to the spaces.
The facility is designed to easily accommodate families with the inclusion of family changing rooms. Additional components include a party room, a conference room, an outdoor play-ground and new staff and administration offices.