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Renovated Turner Aquatics Center, Meet the TAC Coordinator

The renovations are scheduled to be completed by the end of summer.

Turner Aquatics Center Renovations

This summer, construction has been taking place at the Turner Aquatics Center in order to complete several renovation projects on the facility. Built in 2000, the Turner Aquatics Center had several items that needed to be upgraded. The summer projects included the following:

  • The pool deck is being replaced with an epoxy resinous material. This is not just an aesthetic improvement - it will make the surface safer to walk on and make it easier to clean.
  • The mosaic tile around the pool edge is being replaced with concrete. The tiles have started to degrade, and this repair will be a long-lasting durable product.
  • The pool is being thoroughly cleaned and freshly painted. This will include the diving boards and ladder to the diving boards.
  • The bleachers are being replaced with a product specifically coated and made for a pool environment. The twenty three year old bleachers are showing their age and need to be renovated.

The projects are on track for an August completion. We look forward to opening the renovated TAC to the community!

Meet the Turner Aquatics Center Coordinator, Sofia Gambrell

When the TAC re-opens in August, patrons will see a familiar face in our new Turner Aquatics Coordinator, Sofia Gambrell, who is a USD 202 graduate and former TAC employee. "I’ve always loved the water; I swam competitively from childhood through high school. I was promoted from lifeguard to supervisor and then supervisor to lead supervisor and I was even the interim coordinator here for a while. In between all of that I taught swim lessons at the TAC and at other facilities as well as coached summer swim league and boys high school swim," said Gambrell.

She majored in forensic psychology and criminology in college, but her heart remained in aquatics. "What interested me in the TAC coordinator role was the community," said Gambrell. "I see the potential that Turner Aquatics Center has and I am ambitious when it comes to growing and expanding our programs for the community. I want the community to be able to love their local pool and feel welcomed, always. This place felt like my home away from home and helped shape me in many ways. I want to give back to our community the way it gave to me while I was growing up!"

In her role, Gambrell is looking forward to building a strong team that feels appreciated and loves coming to work as well as building up swim programs for the community to enjoy.

The Turner Aquatics Center is currently hiring for a variety of positions. Interested? Contact