Please refer to the online swim calendar for updates on public lap swimming. Originally built in 2003, the Capitol Federal Natatorium is Topeka Public School's premier competitive indoor swimming facility. The Natatorium's primary feature is an Olympic-sized 50-meter pool. (continued below)
The Natatorium is now hiring part time lifeguards to guard high school swim practices and meets in the evenings. Apply at "https://topeka.tedk12.com/hire/Index.aspx" and navigate to lifeguard.
Capitol Federal Natatorium Specifications:
Originally built in 2003, the Capitol Federal Natatorium is Topeka Public School's premier competitive indoor swimming facility. The Natatorium's primary feature is an Olympic-sized 50-meter pool. The Natatorium also features a four lane 25 yard warm up pool, crash area, multi-purpose room, lobby, concession stand, and public locker rooms.
The main competition pool measures 50 meters long by 25 yards wide and holds approximately 790,000 gallons of water. The pool's depth ranges from 13'6" to 3'6" to support both competitive swimming/diving while also providing opportunity for recreational use. Two 1-meter competitive diving boards and a 3 meter diving board sit in the south-east corner of the pool. A movable bulkhead can be placed in the middle of the pool, splitting it into two 25 yard long competition pools. Both ends are equipped with Spectrum starting blocks with the east blocks including adjustable wedges. The south side of the pool features a zero depth ramp entrance for disability access. Finally, the Natatorium is equipped with grandstand bleachers, located on the northeast side of the facility, that can accommodate up to 1,000 spectators.
Since the Natatorium's construction several additions were made. In 2010 an ultraviolet light filtration system was installed to treat the water, reducing the use of chlorine and improving water and air quality. A separate room was added to the east of the main pool that houses a four lane 25 yard warm up pool. A crash area was also created to the south side of the pool to provide room for swimming participants. An independent scoring/timing room along with a scoreboard system were also added. Along with these additions, in 2019 the HVAC system was replaced and redesigned to further improve air quality. The Capitol Federal Foundation assisted Topeka Public School's in making these renovations possible.
Capitol Federal Natatorium Usage:
The Natatorium is the home and practice facility of all Topeka Public Schools including; the Topeka High School Trojans, the Topeka West High School Chargers, and the Highland Park High School Scots. The Topeka Public School's swim meets are hosted at the Natatorium, as are City, Centennial League, and KSHSAA State Swimming/Diving Championships. In addition, the Natatorium hosts the Sunflower State Games and the Sunflower Senior Games. The USA Swimming team Topeka Swim Association also holds their practices and home swim meets at the Natatorium. During weekdays, the Natatorium is open for public lap swimming. Finally, during the summer season, swim lessons are offered and available to the public.
Public Lap Swimming Hours:
(These hours are subject to change due to time of year and hosted events. Be sure to check the available calendars to confirm hours.)
If you are interested in working for the Capitol Federal Natatorium, such as Lifeguarding or teaching swim lessons in the summer, you can simply click here. You can also apply by visiting "Topekapublicschool.net" and navigating to the "Employment" then "Job Opportunities" tabs. From there you can scroll through the job listings and find "Lifeguard" or the desired job.
- Kirk Meier, Natatorium Manager
- (785) 295-3751
- Zach Kanicki, Natatorium Coordinator
- (785) 295-3756
GLPM Architects, Lawrence, Kansas. GLPM has designed numerous sports venues including Olympic, NCAA Division I and professional football.