Louisville Magazine

NOV 2016

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familyallergy.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.16 21 SPACES With its 330,000 square feet of space and stately brick buildings, the Academy @ Shawnee in west Louisville could pass for a small college campus. And tucked behind the football field, down a breezeway from the gym, underneath a concrete shell that traps warm, chlorinated air, sits a 25-yard pool, one of two pools owned by Jefferson County Public Schools. During the school year, JCPS swim teams fill the six-lane pool in the afternoons, Shawnee's Golden Eagle mascot staring up at the swimmers from the pool's bottom. In the evenings, such classes as water aerobics plunge into the water. Jennifer Brian, JCPS's aquatic coordinator, says other athletic teams also use the pool for cross training. "Sometimes on a Saturday morning, football players will watch tape (from a game) and then come in for a swim," she says. Navy and gold flags and yellow bleachers liven up the otherwise barren white space. For the most part, though, those bleachers remain empty. Swim meets don't take place here. Shawnee's pool doesn't have starting blocks, and Central High School's pool underwent a $1.7 million renovation a few years ago, making it a more attractive spot for competition. Built in the 1970s and renovated in the late '90s, the Shawnee pool isn't for general public use. Still, Brian says she's had kayak clubs and canoe clubs rent the pool. And anyone is welcome to pop in for community classes. Also, the public can lap-swim at certain times for $4 a visit. With so few public pools in the city, Brian hopes Shawnee's aquatics center can at least help fill the gap. "We're so desperate for water in this city," she says. — AM

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