The answer to the question posed above is Forest Park Aquatic Center. This amazing public facility is unique because it’s been managed and maintained for nearly 20 years by a core of volunteer swimmers. But what does drinking beer have to do with swimming and the Olympics? To understand, we’ll go back to 1976 when the Hamilton County Parks Department and the city of Noblesville decided to build an Olympic size pool and diving well in Forest Park, naming it “Central Pool”.
Over the next couple of decades, the pool deteriorated and began losing money. Sadly, it was determined the pool should be closed. That’s when volunteer swimmers NASTIs (Noblesville Adult Swim Team Inc.) stepped in. The team held its summer practices at the pool and didn’t want to see it closed to the public or destroyed. NASTIs formed the nonprofit “The Friends of Central Pool, Inc.” and since 1997, have been responsible for the finances, maintenance and operations of the pool, now known as Forest Park Aquatic Center (FPAC).
Over the years, the team has held many fundraisers for FPAC, including a silent auction in which one of the items available was diving lessons from Olympic diving coach John Wingfield. The successful bidders were friends of the Boudia family. They gifted the lessons to David Boudia, who trained countless hours in FPAC’s diving well. The rest is Olympic gold history.
The pool has remained open to the general public. It also hosts youth and Masters swim teams from Noblesville, Fishers and Carmel, diving teams, the Indy Water Polo team, synchro swim teams and numerous athletic competitions. Thanks to the generosity of the city of Noblesville and others, a zero-entry “kiddy pool” has been added together with a splash pad.
So, just how is beer related to swimming, diving and aquatic exercise? The biggest annual fundraiser for FPAC is the Noblesville Brewfest, hosted each year by the NASTI swim team and Noblesville Parks. This year, it will be held on September 24.
The event is key to FPAC’s financial success, with 100% of the revenue going to cover operations and maintenance expenses.