Witter Pool is located at the edge of Mission Park and the Logan neighborhood; separated from the park by elevated railroad tracks. This new pool and bathhouse were designed to replace the pool and bathhouse that previously served as the competition venue for City and regional events. The design goals for the project were to create a new facility that would present a welcoming face to the neighborhood yet convey a stature appropriate to its larger civic use, provide functional yet exciting new pools with components that would serve the needs of competition swimmers of every level as well as multi-generational users, and to give a sense of completion to the buildings, pools and hardscapes that would define the facility as a destination complex.
The general character of the project is defined by three significant elements. The two pools each have their own character. The competition pool is a regulation size large, simple rectangular pool while the smaller community pool is visually identified by colorful elements such as a recreational water slide, smaller water features and large shading umbrellas. The bathhouse and a separate, simple classroom building take on a contemporary, semi-residential character. At this site the character and substance of the fencing in finishing the enclosure and helping complete the sense of a swimming complex is particularly important.
Mayor’s Choice Award—City of Spokane Mayor’s Urban Design Awards (2009)