About the Facility/History

The Pratt Aquatic Center is named in honor of Leigh Pratt, Tooele's first pool manager and swimming coach who compiled a record of 166 - 9 state championships while coaching at Tooele High School. 

Experience our wonder kiddy (zero to 2') and leisure (zero-3 1/2') pools with water toys, bubble couch, slide, and current river. 

The state-of-the-art eight lane competition pool offers lap lanes, one and three meter diving boards, basketball as well as hosting Utah's most popular swimming meets and water polo tournaments. 

This 31,500 square foot building features top-of-the-line sound and competition equipment, stadium seating, and a family friendly environment. 
History - Tooele City Memorial Pool

For over half a century, 1950-2001, the Tooele Memorial Pool served the citizens of Tooele City as a place to learn, play, exercise, and compete. The pool was named in honor of Tooele’s War Veterans who paid the supreme sacrifice while defending their country’s liberties.

In 1948, Tooele City and the Tooele City School District presented a plan to voters and a $100,000 bond was approved. Ground was broken on July 15, 1949, with City Manager Dale James serving as project manager. The $130,000 facility, which included the addition of two outside restrooms, opened on August 14, 1950.

The pool was 44 feet wide and 75 feet long, with graduated depth from 3 to 9 feet. It featured a two sided basketball bank board, two diving boards, and a 3-meter metal platform. The popular “high dive” was removed in a 1975 remodeling project.

Spectators viewed the pool from the east end in a balcony. From 1951 until the 1975 remodeling, a wooden ‘catwalk’ balcony hung over the length of the pool. The pool was originally heated with a coal-fired boiler that was later converted to natural gas.

When the pool was opened it was recognized as the finest aquatics facility in the Mountain West. Tooele hosted several major events in the 1950’s and 1960’s, including junior and senior national Intermountain AAU swimming and diving championships, Pan American synchronized swimming qualifications, and nine Utah state high school swimming championships.

Under the direction of Coach Leigh Pratt, Tooele’s swimming programs flourished during these early years and were recognized as the best in the Intermountain region. Tooele High won nine consecutive state championships between 1955 and 1963 as well as several gold trophies in the annual Intermountain AAU Championships.

The Tooele Pool was more than a training ground for championship swimmers. Thousands of children learned and enhanced their swimming skills in American Red Cross classes, Boy Scouts earned merit badges, and citizens kept in physical shape. But perhaps most important, it was a place for children and families to have fun. Although the Tooele Memorial Pool has been replaced, countless memories will linger forever in the hearts of all those who entered its waters.

The Tooele Memorial Swimming Pool was closed forever in March 2001. Being structurally unsound, it was demolished in December of that same year. Construction of a new aquatic center began in May of 2002 and was completed one year later.  The Leigh Pratt Aquatic Center was built in the same location of the former Tooele Memorial Pool.

History - Leigh Pratt Aquatic Center
The Leigh Pratt Aquatic Center was opened in May 2003.  Designed to fit within the setting of Tooele’s historic City Park and the former Tooele Memorial Pool, the Leigh Pratt Aquatic Center replaces a 52 year old facility and demonstrates the city’s commitment to aquatics and recreation. The old facility shut down in 2001 as a result of multiple closures each year due to failures of antiquated systems. The new center not only overcomes these problems, but also provides a state-of-the-art facility for years to come. 

The facility offers aquatic amenities to residents of Tooele and surrounding communities, as well as to Tooele County School District swim teams. Features include a 25-yard, eight-lane competition/lap pool with spectator seating for 500; a 3,500-square-foot leisure pool; and a toddler pool. The leisure pool includes many interesting features, such as a zero-depth entry, a helical slide, an exciting children’s water-play feature, a lazy river and an outdoor sun deck.

The blue-colored glass and metal panels on the building’s exterior project a fun and whimsical appearance that reflects the exhilarating activities that take place within. Bright colors were used throughout the building’s interior, imparting warmth and excitement to the spaces.

The facility is designed to easily accommodate families with the inclusion of family changing rooms. Additional components include a party room, a conference room, an outdoor play-ground and new staff and administration offices.
History - Mel Roberts Pool
May 5, 2023

The Leigh Pratt Aquatic Center celebrated our 20 Year Anniversary and Mel Roberts Recognition Night on Friday, May 5, 2023.

In January 2023 the Tooele City Council passed a resolution to formally name the Competitive and Lap Pool of the Leigh Pratt Aquatics Center the Mel Roberts Pool! The ceremony to name the pool took place on Friday, May 5, 2023.


The City Council officially named the pool the Mel Roberts Pool based on the following accomplishments:

TOOELE CITY EMPLOYEE - Mel Roberts began working at the Tooele Memorial Swim Pool as an American Red Cross lifeguard and swim instructor in 1958 at the age of 14 and continued until graduating from Tooele High School. He continued to work part ­time and summers at the Pool while attending college. Throughout the years, the American Red Cross certified Mel as an instructor and training specialist in water safety instruction, life guarding, and first aid skills.

In 1970, while teaching mathematics at Tooele High School, he served as the Pool manager until the facility closed in 2001. He became supervisor of the Pratt Aquatics Center when it opened in May of 2003 and served in that position until 2019. Mel stepped down as supervisor and worked as a desk clerk mentoring the new supervisor until his City retirement in 2020.

COACH - Mel coached Tooele High School swim teams for 49 years, where he led the boy and girl teams to an overall record of 1,016 wins and 218 losses, an impressive 83.4% winning record. His swimming and diving teams won 11 state championships and 43 region championships. His coaching peers voted him "Coach of the Year" 11 times. He earned National Coach of the Year for his 2005 girl team and for the 2010 boy team. He coached six high school all-Americans and 42 scholastic All-­Americans. In 2009, the National Interscholastic Coaches Association inducted Mr. Roberts into their prestigious Hall of Fame. In 2019, Coach Roberts was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.

ATHLETE - As a youth on Tooele's AAU swim team, Mel became a junior national champion and record holder. He earned all-American honors in high school, won seven Utah State gold medals, and was a member of four state championship teams. He continued to represent Tooele on the University of Utah Ute swim team where he won four Western Athletic Conference first places, and qualified for the NCAA championships and the Pan American Games.

VOLUNTEER - As of 2023, Mel continues to volunteer as coach of the Tooele Masters Swim Team and as a certified official of Utah high school swim meets.

Congratulations Mel and thank you for a lifetime of dedication, hard work, support, and love to our community!

Photos from the celebration on May 5, 2023
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Mel Roberts Pool Pratt Aquatic Center Celebrates 20 Years!
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Mayor Debbie Winn Mayor Debbie Winn Charlie Roberts and Mel Roberts Mayor Debbie Winn and Mel Roberts
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Mel Roberts Mel Roberts Mel Roberts and Mayor Debbie Winn  
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Mayor Debbie Winn and Mel Roberts Mayor Debbie Winn and Mel Roberts Mel Roberts and Mayor Debbie Winn Mayor Debbie Winn, Mel Roberts, and Josh DeCola (Pool Manager)