Clarksville Aquatic Center

Story by Hannah Butler

Clarksville Aquatic Center

(479) 754-4100 | 1611 Oakland Street, Clarksville, AR

The Clarksville Aquatic Center has all the features: three pools, private showers, changing areas, a concession stand, party rooms and lounge chairs. It lives inside the Marvin Vinson Multi-Purpose Center, which sounds exactly as diverse as it actually is.

Ian Elliot has been the facilities manager of the Marvin Vinson center since September of 2019 and became facilities manager for the Clarksville Aquatic Center shortly afterward.

Ian says that interacting with the community is the best part of his job. And the citizens of Clarksville and the surrounding area love their Aquatic Center, too. “We have people come in all the time,” Ian says.

The indoor facility offers two pools. One is an eight-lane competition pool and the other is a therapy pool. Both are heated for cool weather enjoyment. Also indoors: private showers and changing areas, concessions, family shower and dressing rooms, diving board, and a party/meeting room. Lounge chairs offer a place to relax and there’s a retractable roof for when the weather is nice. There are even inflatables available.

Five different swim teams in Johnson County use the Aquatic Center.

Water aerobics, lifeguard, CPR and swim lessons are all available. Ian says he’s working on a water Zumba class, as well.

The indoor pool is open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m – 5 p.m. It’s also open on Sundays from noon – 5 p.m.

The outdoor waterpark section of the Clarksville Aquatic Center offers completely different ways to enjoy water including: a splash pad, a zero-entry kids’ play area, a splash bucket, a leisure pool, a body slide, a vortex pool, a climbing wall, basketball, and picnic tables.

The outdoor section is seasonal and will open on May 24.

The Clarksville Aquatic Center regularly hosts events of various types. Private and semi-private parties are available on the weekends from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Outdoor pool hours vary each day: Mondays are 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday hours are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturdays hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays hours are noon – 5 p.m.

Every part of the center is within compliance with the ADA.

The Clarksville Aquatic Center is located on 1611 Oakland St. Additional information or reservations are available by calling 754-4100.