On July 29, City Council approved placing Shoreline Proposition 1 (shorelinewa.gov/prop1) on the November 5 general election ballot. Approval of Proposition 1 will allow the City to construct a new aquatics, recreation, and community center. It will also allow the City to make improvements to four community parks. The City would issue up to $103,600,000 in general obligation bonds to be paid back through an increase in property taxes.
The new Shoreline Aquatics, Recreation, and Community Center (ShARCC) would replace the almost 50-year-old Shoreline Pool and the 70 plus year-old Spartan Recreation Center. It would also provide space for senior programming currently located at the Shoreline Center. (Download the concept design [PDF])
The ShARCC would be approximately 75,000 square feet and include:
- Community spaces for classes, rentals, and informal gatherings.
- 6,000 square feet of space prioritized for senior programming, including a commercial kitchen for meal services.
- A two-court gymnasium and indoor walking and jogging track.
- Exercise and weight rooms.
- An activity pool with play features, such as a lazy river and splash-pad.
- A separate eight-lane lap pool for recreational and competitive swimming and diving; swim lessons; and shallow and deep-water exercise classes. There will also be a fully accessible viewing area for approximately 500 spectators.
- A courtyard for casual community gatherings and play.
The four neighborhood parks that would be improved are: Brugger’s Bog, Hillwood, Richmond Highlands, and Briarcrest Community (Hamlin). Park improvements would include such things as playgrounds, splash-pads, multi-sports courts, trails, and a fully accessible play area for people of all physical abilities. (See the park concept designs)
The owner of a median valued home ($480,000) could expect an annual increase in their property tax of approximately $244, or $20 a month, over what they are currently paying.
A Parks Funding Advisory Committee advised the City Manager on funding options
The Park Funding Advisory Committee was appointed by the City Manager as an advisory Committee to the City Manager regarding funding for the Community Aquatics Center and proposed park improvement projects. They began meeting on September 12, 2018 and completed their work on March 27, 2019. Their final report to the City Manager is on the "Community & Aquatics Center and Parks Funding" project page.
In March, EMC Research conducted a survey of Shoreline residents to understand their priorities for constructing a new community and aquatics center and on implementing different park improvements. EMC mailed surveys to 12,000 households using random address-based sampling. Residents had the option of completing the mailed survey and returning it in a provided stamped envelope or taking the survey online using a unique code. EMC received 1,379 completed surveys (1,051 by mail and 358 online).
November 28 Public Open House
Approximately 150 people filled the City Hall Council Chamber on November 28, 2018 to see the high-level concept design for a new Community & Aquatics Center.
Repeated themes heard during the open house include the desire for:
- 8-lane competitive pool
- Diving tank
- Large aquatics spectator viewing area
- Designated Senior Center space
- Commercial kitchen
All feedback was recorded on flip charts were transcribed and are included in the "Open House Materials" section below along with the presentation slides.
Open House Materials
- CAC Concept Design
- CAC Landscape Design
- CAC Presentation
- Park at Town Center Landscape Design
- Feedback Summary
The Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services/Tree Board
The PRCS/Tree Board was updated on the status of the concept designs and offered their input at their regular meetings on August 23 and October 25, 2018.
September 19 Stakeholder MeetingFrequent users and stakeholders of the Spartan Recreation Center and Shoreline Pool were invited to dialogue with staff, PRCS Board members, Park Funding Advisory Committee members, and WRNS consultants about how program needs correspond to high-level concept designs for a new facility. About 40 people gathered in City Hall's Council Chamber to hear background information and divide into groups to share ideas and provide feedback to the consultants. A summary of the discussion and a PDF of the presentation is available below.
August 18, 2018 Celebrate Shoreline and July 18, 2018 Swingin' Summer EveWRNS Studio and city staff hosted booths containing display boards of potential community & aquatics center amenities at both community events. Event attendees were invited to place dots on their favorite things. The boards were later relocated to the Spartan Recreation Center for an additional two weeks for more feedback. Over 800 people provided helpful feedback through this exercise.
"Dot" exercise materials from Swinging' Summers Eve and Celebrate Shoreline
On July 31, 2017 the City Council approved the Parks, Recreation & Open Space (PROS) Plan which sets the trajectory for parks, recreation and cultural programming for the city of Shoreline for the next 6 - 20 years. PROS Plan Strategic Action Initiative #1 states: Build a Community & Aquatics Center. The objective is to place a proposal for a new community & aquatics center before the voters by 2020 and open a new facility in 2022.
When Shoreline incorporated in 1995, the City partnered with the Shoreline School District to use School District facilities to offer recreation programming to residents. Since then, the Spartan Recreation Center and the Shoreline Pool have offered a full range of options to the community. However, the age of the facilities and anticipated light rail development in close proximity to these facilities make it necessary to reevaluate their sustainability.
The Shoreline Pool has served the community since 1971 in virtually the same way it did when it originally opened. Aquatics programming, and what communities look for in an aquatics facility, has changed dramatically over the last 47 years. The Shoreline Pool does not meet current recreation standards and has required several capital improvements to keep it going.
Spartan Recreation Center is operated by the City, but owned by the School District. The fact that is located directly adjacent to a future light rail station makes its longevity as a City-operated recreation facility very uncertain.
Combining a future pool and community center would create efficiencies in utilities and staffing, increase service delivery as a one-stop recreation center, and create a hub, or third place, for the community to gather, celebrate and play.
The Aquatics and Community Center Feasibility Study that was completed as part of the 2011 PROS Plan public input process and ongoing conversations with the Shoreline community informed the building's design and function.
In April, 2018 the City of Shoreline solicited a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) from individuals or firms interested in providing architect, landscape architect, and engineer teams to provide site planning and design services for a possible new Community and Aquatics Center. The intent was to develop reasonable cost estimates as a basis for determining potential funding strategies.The City chose WRNS Studio lead this project.