CRA IS GROWING!
CRA is excited to announce expansion to the Wellesley Sports Center (WSC)
900 Worcester St., Wellesley
WHAT IS THE WSC?
The Wellesley Sports Center will house two NHL-size ice surfaces (85 x 200feet), a 15,000 SF field-house supporting a four season synthetic turf field, a 35,000 SF open and accessibly designed natatorium housing two pools, a 6,700 SF Strength & Conditioning Center, a 450 LF elevated walking track, physical therapy facilities, a pro shop, and concessions.
Opening spring 2019
THE POOLS AT WSC
The WSC natatorium will house two pools. The large 13 lane competition pool (the 2012 Olympic Trials Pool) will measure 107 x 75 feet with a depth of 4-12.5 feet. It will have a bulkhead (creating 10 lanes of 25 yards each with 3 perpendicular 25 yard lanes), two 1m diving boards, 10 starting blocks, and be kept at a temperature of about 80 degrees. The mezzanine level of the natatorium will have spectator seating for approximately 300 overlooking the large pool. The smaller 3 lane teaching pool will measure 25 x 44 feet with a depth of 4 feet and a temperature of 86 degrees.
Both pools will be ADA compliant. The two pools will be separated by a wall to allow for appropriate air temperatures above each.
CRA has been selected to partner with the developer of the WSC, ESG Associates, as the aquatics provider.
At WSC, CRA will fully program and manage the pools, offering:
- extensive swimming lessons (for children and adults)
- aquatic fitness
- vacation and summer camps
- a competitive USA Club Swim Team (The Dragons)
- a Masters swim team (The Charles River Masters)
- other specialty programming
The WSC will become the new home of the Wellesley High School Swim Team and the Wellesley Swim Association.
This partnership with ESG Associates allows CRA to extend its reach,
bringing its proven instructional programming to Wellesley while maintaining our Boston programming.
ABOUT THE 2012 OLYMPIC TRIALS POOL
The Wellesley Sports Center will become the new home of the 2012 Olympic Trials Pool. This state-of-the-art pool was used in Omaha Nebraska in late June 2012, dismantled and stored for later transport to the Boston area. This unique technology comes from Italian company, Myrtha/A&T.
“Lifelong durability, low operating and long term maintenance costs and overall speed are the greatest features of the Myrtha stainless steel / PVC construction and, coupled with UV based water purification and the most advanced regenerative media filtration systems, this pool is quite simply the greenest and best available on the market today. To offer this pool to the New England Swimming community is a source of great pride for our entire staff”, Mike Morawski, President, Charles River Aquatics.
“Relocation of the Trials pool to the Boston area by Charles River Aquatics further enhances the partnership that Myrtha Pool and USA Swimming have formed to help swimming become a bigger and more recognizable participation and spectator sport in the US,” said Kevin McGrath, President and CEO of Myrtha Pools. “From the 12,000 plus spectators watching the Trials in Omaha this summer (2012)to future generations of young children learning to swim, gaining their first training and competitive swimming experience to the full range of fitness programs this pool will be a great asset for years to come.”
“We welcome Charles River Aquatics into the worldwide Myrtha family of elite state of the art aquatic facilities supported by our experience and technology. We look forward to our continuing relationship with USA Swimming and Charles River Aquatics to bring this technology to more and more swimmers and teams throughout the US.” To view the entire article:
WATCH THE PROGRESS AT THE WELLESLEY SPORTS CENTER
CRA WSC GROUNDBREAKING DEC 2017
CURRENT STATUS MARCH 2019
The larger pool (left) and smaller teaching pool (above) are really taking form. They will be ready for water before we know it!
MAY 14, 2018 IT’S OFFICIAL!
WELLESLEY SPORTS CENTER ANNOUNCES LEASE WITH CHARLES RIVER AQUATICS AS AQUATICS PARTNER
Aquatics center to open Spring 2019
Wellesley, MA – The Wellesley Sports Center and its managing partner ESG Associates announced today that Charles River Aquatics will operate the aquatics center at the state of the art Wellesley Sports Center. Since its founding in 2005, CRA has steadily grown and cemented its reputation as the premier swim program in the Greater Boston Area. CRA’s vision is to offer a high-end instructional swim program, accessible to all. It is unique in its approach to instruction, focused on teaching swimming through proper technique. At CRA water safety, fostering sportsmanship and fair play, and demanding respect for others in the class and in the larger community, while instilling in participants a love for the sport, are priorities.
ESG Associates is a full-service strategic consulting and development company providing recreational design, development, programming and operations services. Founded in 2001, ESG Associates is committed to creating, managing and operating facilities to serve all levels of athletes–youth development programs through professional sports teams and leagues.
For additional information on ESG Associates, please visit www.edgesportsgroup.com.