Community & Aquatics Center Update - May 2019
In 2018, the City Council selected 17828 Midvale Avenue N (the current location of Storage Court of Shoreline) to be the site of a potential new consolidated community and aquatics center (CAC) to replace the Shoreline Pool and Spartan Recreation Center. We identified it as a preferred site following a series of public meetings and based on its central location within the City, access to public transit, and proximity to the Interurban Trail. As reported in the February issue of Currents, WRNS Studio completed a concept design for a 60,000 square foot facility and cost estimates based on the Midvale site.
Since release of the initial design, we have received requests from interested residents to modify the facility design. Members of the School District’s swim team community have expressed interest in increasing swimming lanes from six to eight, expanding the pool deck spectator seating for swim meets, and including a separate diving well. Patrons of the Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Senior Center and others have expressed a desire to add designated space for senior programs with a commercial kitchen.
As one of the main users of the Shoreline Pool, and the primary beneficiary of an expanded pool design, the Shoreline School Board extended an offer to let the City locate the CAC on School District-owned property where the current Shoreline Pool and Shoreline Park tennis courts are located. In exchange for using this land, the School District would expect the construction of an eight-lane pool, separate diving well, expanded deck space, and preferred scheduling for School District swim teams. The City would pay all operating expenses and maintenance costs of the expanded features. Additional parking for the Center would need to be added to accommodate the new facility. It is likely that the additional parking would be located on a District-owned grass field north of Shoreline Stadium. In this scenario, the School District would maintain ownership of the land and the City would enter a 50-year land lease.
The City is currently assessing the feasibility of the School District site with the added pool features and dedicated senior space. When the analysis of the School District site proposal is complete it will include how the CAC would fit on the School District site, the impact of the parking location on facility patrons, the implications of closing the existing pool while the new pool is being built or phasing the construction of the new facility to prevent this, the cost of relocating four tennis courts, and the difference in construction costs between the two sites. This information will be compared to the savings that would come from not purchasing the preferred site on Midvale.
The City Council will make a final decision on whether to move forward with placing a ballot measure before Shoreline voters for a new CAC later this summer. Included in that decision will be the location of a potential new facility. Council will base their decision on the comparison of costs and other factors such as accessibility and the desire for a central civic center for Shoreline. The Council is expected to begin its review in late May.