A Non-Profit Organization for EVERYONE with a Membership, Day Pass, or Financial Aid

The Upper Valley Aquatic Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to deliver a diverse range of high quality fitness and aquatic programs accessible to all members of the Upper Valley community. FREE group exercise classes and FREE childcare in KidZone for members. This 48,000 square foot facility (read about our 9600 foot expansion) houses an 11 lane, 25 meter x 25 yard competition pool, a separate warm-water instructional pool, indoor Splash Park with lazy river, water features and 110-foot water slide.  There is a fully-equipped gym with more cardio and strength equipment than ever before, new group exercise, mind/body and SPIN studios, new sauna and family locker room with private suites. Additional amenities include: the Poolside Cafe, spectator seating with accommodation for +400,  TRX outdoor training area and adult/child locker rooms.

Anyone Can Enjoy the Upper Valley Aquatic Center

  • Day Passes for adults, children and families
  • Individual, Family and Corporate Memberships
  • Facility Rental: Lane space for lease, Meet space for lease
  • Group Visits: 10 or more children or adults
  • Parties, Team Building Programs and Lock-ins
  • Financial Aid is available for Membership, Swim Lessons and Splash Camp if needed

We Offer MORE

  • FREE childcare and classes for members
  • FREE Fitness Center Orientation when you become a member including equipment tutorials and free weight exercises
  • Splash Camp for kids during Summer and Holidays
  • Group Lessons for children ages 6 months to adults
  • Monthly Teen Night, Parent Night Out
  • Fully-equipped gym with more cardio and strength equipment
  • Group exercise, mind/body and SPIN studios
  • Sauna
  • Poolside Cafe
  • Outdoor TRX Training areas
  • Outdoor Exercise Trail
  • Family locker room with private suites
  • High quality Personal Training and weight loss programs
  • Scholarships for individuals and families in need
  • Community Outreach like Hartford Learn-to-Swim Program, Free Senior Friday, Dartmouth ASPIRE, One Planet Swim Lessons and World’s Largest Swim Lesson

Board and History

Board Members

Billie Audia

Mike Cahoon

Andrea Ciardelli

Dan Fraser

Jack Hoopes

Bradford Keith

Susan Kirincich

Melissa Miner

Belinda Needham-Shropshire

Robert Snyder

Wayne Young


In 2004 a group of parents associated with the North Country Aquatic Club (NCAC) began discussing the lack of space to grow swimming in the Upper Valley. It was clear that there was a need for additional space for swim teams and the general public to swim, train and compete. The increased popularity of competitive swimming in the area and the constraints on existing pool availability were making it difficult to accommodate the growing demand. The group assessed what it would take to develop an aquatic center that would not only support the needs of competitive swimming, but would also be a place where other water-based and fitness programs could be offered.

As discussions and research continued, an anonymous donor stepped forward to make an extremely generous and significant donation that would serve to catapult the project forward. The donor stipulated that the center support competitive swimming and be accessible to all members of the Upper Valley community.

With the initial cash donation and challenge of the donor in hand, the group separated from the North Country Aquatic Club and established the non-profit Sports Venue Foundation to assess the feasibility of building an aquatic center. As planning progressed another donor came forward with a land donation raising 100% of the costs to build the $15 million facility. This meant the planning and development could begin in earnest. The Town of Hartford, Vermont enthusiastically backed the concept.

The Sports Venue Foundation assembled a Board of Directors who generously volunteered their time and expertise to develop the plan and oversee the construction of the 37,500 square foot center. Once completed, the land and building were donated to the Town of Hartford under a formal management agreement, and the Upper Valley Aquatic Center came into being. The doors opened in February 2009