Noblesville’s Forest Park Aquatic Center to Cut Ribbon on Videoboard
The Forest Park Aquatic Center is hosting a formal ribbon cutting ceremony for its new LED videoboard. The event will take place at 2 p.m. today, Friday, June 10th. Representatives from USA Swimming, Indiana Swimming, USA Diving, AAU Diving, and the City of Noblesville are just a few of the many dignitaries who will be in attendance. 2021 Olympic qualifying diver Tyler Downs will cut the ribbon.
The videoboard, which was installed this past spring, is believed to be the largest of its kind at an outdoor aquatics center in the country. The videoboard measures 31.5’ long by 12.5’ tall and is positioned 15’ off the ground.
The new videoboard will serve as a scoreboard for swimming, diving and water polo competitions. It will also allow for enhanced daily programing including “Flix ‘N Float” events where movies will be shown.
Greg Conner, President of The Friends of Central Pool, the not-for-profit entity that has operated the facility since 1997, stated, “We’re beyond excited about this new videoboard and everything it will bring to our community. It will allow us to host future national and international competitions that will draw thousands of visitors to Noblesville. During the summer season it does not get dark until after 9:30 p.m. which is not an ideal time to bring your family out to watch a movie in the pool. This amenity will allow us to show movies during the daytime which is something no other outdoor pool in central Indiana can do. This is truly a game changer for us!”
The new videoboard was 100% financed through private contributions.
“I can’t say enough about the support we have received from the community to make this project happen,” said Conner. We’ve received so many extremely generous gifts from both corporations as well as individuals and families.”
The site and civil engineering work was provided by Indianapolis-based American Structurepoint. Boggstown’s Beaty Construction completed the concrete foundations. The videoboard’s steel structure was fabricated and installed by Fishers-based Sign Craft Industries. Noblesville’s Gaylor Electric completed all the electrical and network wiring. The actual LED videoboard itself was provided by California-based ViviLED.
Noblesville Mayor, Chris Jensen added, “Our City is extremely fortunate to have such an incredible amenity in the Forest Park Aquatic Center. This amazing videoboard further enhances what is already an amazing facility. I can’t compliment enough the work the Friends of Central Pool have done over the past 25 years preserving and enhancing the Forest Park Aquatic Center.”
The Forest Park Aquatic Center opened on June 18, 1931 and is located at 1077 Cicero Road, Noblesville, IN 46060. The facility is one of the largest outdoor competition swimming and diving facilities in the Midwest. The competition pool can be configured to feature ten 50 meter long swimming lanes as well as twenty-two 25 yard long swimming lanes. The facility is one of the only remaining outdoor facilities in the Midwest to have Olympic regulation diving platforms. The facility also has a large water slide, climbing wall, AquaZip’N, basketball goal, splashpad and zero entry toddler pool.
In 1997 the not-for-profit group, The Friends of Central Pool was formed to operate the facility on behalf of the City of Noblesville. This relationship has proved to be an incredibly successful public/private relationship.