UMD’s nearly 70-year-old swimming pool is reopening after undergoing major renovations. A grand reopening celebration will be held on Friday, April 15, 2022. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the program begins at 2:15 p.m.

The program includes students demonstrating the new pool flow system in swim, surf and water settings.

The event takes place in the UMD swimming pool which is located on the lower level of the Sports and Health Building, room 153, 1216 Court of Ordean.

Why renovate?

The 68-year-old pool infrastructure has been regularly maintained over the years, but has faced major structural upgrades to bring it up to current standards.

In June 2021, it was decided to shut down the facility to allow time for a major upgrade rather than continuing to apply frequent repairs.

To make a sensation

UMD’s swimming pool reopened in February with a completely renovated pool deck and pool deck, structural repairs, a complete renovation of the plumbing and filtration system, and the addition of a drip system that provides power and waves. This flow system is one of the only such systems in the country.

The project was funded by a combination of institutional funds, tuition, and Minnesota state funding.

“We are now able to provide access to fitness and aquatic skills – things people need to be safe on the water,” says Adam Burke, Director of the Outdoor Recreational Sports Program. air. “What’s unique about UMD are the additional opportunities for people to learn how to work with moving water. Lifelong skills and safety can be developed through the UMD pool.

About the UMD pool

UMD’s swimming pool is in the second oldest building on campus. The Physical Education Building, as it was then known, was constructed in 1953 when the campus moved from the lower location, Old Main, to the current new campus up the hill.

The swimming pool served not only UMD students but also the community. “Over time, many thousands of Duluth children have learned to swim at UMD, and many thousands of UMD students have developed their aquatic skills and competed here,” Burke says. He adds that lifeguard, surfing and diving skills have also been developed at the UMD pool.