Mary T. Meagher natatorium site
201 Reservoir Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
The Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, Formerly known as the Crescent Hill Swimming Pool, has been a vital part of the Louisville Community for over 80 years. Beginning in 1919 and continuing until the current day, the Crescent Hill pool has been a place of family recreation, fitness & competition.
From 1919 to 1954, the pool was a 90 by 40 foot oval swimming pool, complete with diving board, raft & wraparound roadway located at the base of the Louisville Water Company's coagulation basin. The pool was originally filled with cattails and reptiles, but was converted by the Louisville Water Company into a public swimming pool.
The original pool closed in 1954, but was rebuilt in that same year across the street from the reservoir. A vinyl bubble was installed in 1980 to provide year round training for competitive swimmers, including Louisville's Mary T. Meagher. In 1981, Mary T. Meagher set the world records in the 100 & 200 meter butterfly and won 3 gold medals in the 1984 Olympic Games. In 1984 a permanent enclosure was built, financed in part by a city bond issue. An additional pool, weight room, and meeting room were added in 1989.
In December of 1996, the Crescent Hill Bubble, was closed for major structural repairs. The project took one and one half years and over 3.6 million dollars to complete. In September 1998, however, the facility reopened as the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center. The facility is currently the winter home of the Lakeside Seahawks as well as other year-round competitive programs. The facility is over 15,000 square feet and features 11 50 meter lanes that can be converted into 22 short course lanes, eleven yards & eleven meters, through the use of a semi-permanent bulkhead. The pool depth ranges from 3.5 to 10.5 feet deep. The latest renovation included a new pool enclosure, deck replacement, HVAC and dehumidification, an all-purpose room, and a concession area. The facility is frequently the host of United States Swimming competitions, the Jefferson County High School Regional Championships, masters competitions, summer league meets, & the special Olympics.