HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — NOVA of Virginia Aquatics and Regency partnered with Henrico County to develop an indoor aquatics center in the former Macy’s building at the mall to support water-safety and healthy lifestyle initiatives for county students and others.

The NOVA Aquatics Center at Regency will be open at the start of the upcoming swim season on Sept. 1.

The indoor aquatics center will feature an eight-lane, 50-meter pool and two three-lane, 25-yard pools. The building also has spectator seating, locker rooms, a swim shop and other amenities.

NOVA’s goal is to deliver a higher quality training environment for their youth competitive team of 800 swimmers with more flexibility and less crowding.

The aquatic center will be home to swim lessons at no cost to 300-500 Henrico Public School second-graders annually.

Henrico High School Varsity Swimming will also be able to use the pools for practice and meets in the county.

The 140% increase in water across NOVA’s two facilities allows them to expand the availability of NOVAFit, adult lap swimming to the community, and add warm water aquatics therapy.

The estimated total cost of the project was around $18 million in a mix of public and private funding.

Henrico County contributed over $1.75 million over five years to the project. Regency provided a cash contribution and provided the building to modify it to support pools and related infrastructure.

NOVA constructed and paid for the pools as well as covering the facility’s operating costs.

In a video posted by the county, you can see the construction that took place over the summer.

“Who would’ve thought a Macy’s ends up being part of our sports tourism,” said Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas. “It is absolutely incredible. Between this venue and the YMCA with our school system, we are going to make a concerted effort to drown-proof Henrico County.”

Photos by Henrico County (YouTube)