Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center

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The 27,290 square foot[1]Smith Aquatic Center is a pool and recreation facility near Buford Middle School operated by the city of Charlottesville[2]. It opened in the fall of 2010. [1]

The facility was designed by Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype Inc. with assistance from Train and Partners. [3]

In 2012, 70,344 people used the facility. [4]


Adult city residents will pay $8 for a daily visit, $170 for a multi-visit pass, $37 for an individual monthly access pass or $370 for an annual pass. For a non-resident, those costs are $11, $247, $49 and $490, respectively. A city family of four can pay $88 to have a monthly access pass or $880 for an annual one; and a non-city family of four would be charged $118 for a monthly pass or $1,180 for an annual pass[1].


  • Two Indoor Pools (one competitive pool and one leisure pool)
  • Two Indoor Water Slides
  • In-Water Play Structure
  • Lazy River
  • Fitness Area with Cardio & Strength Training Equipment

LEED certification

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Smith Aquatic Center a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification at the platinum level. That is the highest level offered by the organization. Construction waste did not end up in a landfill. Windows provide daylight to 98% of the building, reducing the need for lighting. Ultra-violet lights are used in conjunction with a CO2 water treatment system to reduce the need for chemicals. A solar-powered system heats up water for internal use. [5]

The trade paper Athletic Business Magazine named Smith as a 2011 Facility of Merit, [6]


Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 38°01′36″N 78°29′52″W / 38.026668°N 78.497795°W / 38.026668; -78.497795


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Web. [1], Rachana Dixit, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, October 19, 2010, retrieved October 19, 2010.
  2. Web. Charlottesville - Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center, City of Charlottesville, retrieved September 14, 2010.
  3. Web. 2011 Facility of Merit Winner: Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center, Buford Middle School, Athletic Business Magazine, October 11, 2011, retrieved October 17, 2011.
  4. Web. Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Update for City Council, May 2013, Brian Daly, City of Charlottesville, retrieved May 10, 2013.
  5. Web. Smith Aquatic Center Becomes Platinum LEED Certified, Ric Barrick, City of Charlottesville, October 4, 2011, retrieved October 6, 2011.
  6. Web. City's Smith center honored, Daily Progress Staff Reports, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, October 15, 2011, retrieved October 17, 2011.

External links

Official site