A Community & Aquatics Center for Shoreline
On November 28, over 150 people packed City Hall to see concept designs for Shoreline’s first consolidated community and aquatics center. Many of those in attendance expressed interest in making sure Shoreline’s aquatics programs continue to thrive, others want to see space designated for senior programming, and some came simply to see what all the excitement is about.
We have known for many years that Shoreline Pool has been reaching the end of its useful life in its current condition. A 2016 Pool Assessment confirmed this citing the need for major upgrades just to keep it operating at current levels. Spartan Recreation Center is also in need of significant upgrades.
Anticipating the need to replace Shoreline Pool, the City Council adopted the 2017-2023 Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan in July 2017, which targets opening a consolidated community and aquatics center in 2022. In July 2018, Council chose 17828 Midvale Avenue N to be the site of the new community and aquatics center. A public process identified Aurora as a preferred location because of its central location, proximity to public transportation, and adjacency to the Interurban Trail. In November 2018, architects completed concept designs for a consolidated community and aquatics center that we shared with the community.
The designs reflect feedback we received from community events, stakeholder meetings, and surveys held throughout 2017 and 2018, while also taking into consideration budget constraints. The result is a facility that is approximately 60,000 square feet with a total project cost estimate of $80 million.
Facility features included in the initial design are:
- Walking track, gymnasium, fitness area, and dance rooms
- 25-yard, six-lane, lap pool with a deep end suitable for diving
- "Wet room” for pool parties and art classes
- Leisure/recreation pool with play features and a lazy river
- Community rooms available to the public for events and classes
- Catering kitchen to support events and teach classes
Since the November open house, we have received numerous comments that include these common themes:
- Construct an 8-lane pool
- Expand the pool deck to accommodate high volume spectator seating for swim meets
- Create a separate diving area
- Add a commercial kitchen
- Include designated space for senior programming and services
The City Manager appointed 16 residents to a Parks Funding Advisory Committee in August 2018 to consider funding alternatives for park improvements and a new community and aquatics center. The Committee has met roughly every three weeks since September and they are on target to present their recommendation to the City Manager in March. The City Manager will consider the committee’s recommendation and place a final recommendation before the City Council this spring.