Status Update as of May 21, 2019

On May 20, 2019 the City Council directed staff to prepare legislation and other material necessary for placing a 20-year bond measure on the November 2019 general election ballot for $88,100,000 to acquire property and construct a Community & Aquatics Center at 17828 Midvale Ave N. Some of the features included in the Community & Aquatics Center are:

  • a 2-court gymnasium and walking/jogging track 
  • exercise/fitness space
  • community rooms for classes, rentals, and informal gatherings
  • 6,000 square feet of space with a commercial kitchen to be prioritized for senior programming
  • an activity pool with play features and a lazy river
  • a separate lap pool that includes 8 lanes and can accommodate both recreational and competitive diving, swim lessons, shallow and deep-water exercise classes, and is ADA accessible
  • pool spectator seating for up to 500 people
  • an outdoor courtyard for casual community gatherings and play

The Council did not direct staff to include any park improvements in this ballot measure. The draft ballot measure will be presented for discussion at the June 24, 2019 Council meeting with possible adoption on July 29, 2019.

Comments can be submitted using this Online Comment Form

Survey Results

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).

Results of the 2019 Resident Priorities Survey


Initial Design

WRNS Studio completed the concept design work for a new Shoreline Community & Aquatics Center to replace the existing Shoreline Pool and Spartan Recreation Center. The intent of this work was to explore and develop project and program goals, site analysis, systems criteria, sustainability goals, a project schedule, and cost estimates for a facility that would meet the needs of the Shoreline community.

The initial design for the facility was approximately 63,000 gross square feet (52,000 assignable square feet) with assigned fitness/aquatics/community gathering areas including:

  • a 2-court gymnasium and walking/jogging track 
  • community spaces for classes, rentals, and informal gatherings
  • a catering kitchen
  • an activity pool with play features and a lazy river
  • a separate lap pool that included 6 lanes and accommodated both recreational and competitive diving, lessons, shallow and deep water exercise classes, and is ADA accessible
  • a courtyard for casual community gatherings and play

The plans placed the facility at 17828 Midvale Ave. N. where Storage Court is now located. Download the full WRNS Studio Community & Aquatics Center Concept Design Booklet for additional information and images.

Design Revision

The initial design was presented to the community at a public open house on November 28, posted on the website and social media, and displayed at the Shoreline Pool and Spartan Recreation Center. Over the next several months the City received requests from interested residents to modify the facility design to increase swimming lanes from 6 to 8, expand pool deck spectator seating for swim meets, include a separate diving well, and add designated space for senior programs with a commercial kitchen.

In response to requests from the School District swim team community, 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, a separate diving well, expanded deck space, and preferred scheduling for School District swim teams. The City would pay all operating expenses and maintenance costs and pay to relocate the School District maintenance facilities.  Parking would be located about 500 feet to the east of proposed location 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 into a 50-year land lease.

An assessment of the feasibility of this location was conducted and the results determined it to be most cost-effective to build at the preferred location on Midvale rather than build on the District-owned land. Cost-estimates were developed to expand the initial design to include the additional swim lanes, diving well, expanded deck space, and the additional 6,000 square feet and commercial kitchen for senior programs.

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.

Public Process

November 28 Public Open House

11.28.2018 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

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 Meeting

Frequent 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 Celebrate Shoreline and July 18 Swingin' SummerSwingin Summer Eve CAC Participation Eve

WRNS 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

  • Idea Boards [PDF]
  • Results of the Idea Board Dot Exercise [PDF]
  • Table of total "Likes" [PDF]
  • History

    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.