Status Update as of December 12, 2018

 

Thank you to all who came to see the Community & Aquatics Center concept design on November 28 in Council Chambers. Your feedback was helpful and your enthusiasm was contagious.

 Public comments have been compiled and shared with the Parks Funding Advisory Committee, City Manager, and City Council. Comments will continue to be compiled and posted on this website on a regular basis.

You are welcome to comment online or contact PRCS Director, Eric Friedli efriedli@shorelinewa.gov (206) 801-2601. Sign up in the right sidebar to receive email notifications about upcoming meetings related to this topic.

November 28 Public Open House

11.28.2018 Open House

Approximately 150 people filled the City Hall Council Chamber to see the high-level concept design for a new Community & Aquatics Center. WRNS Studio consultants and City staff led a brief presentation of the design followed by 60 minutes of questions and answers.

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 which have been transcribed and are included in the "Open House Materials" section below along with the presentation slides.

Feedback from this meeting is being shared with Park Funding Advisory Committee, City Manager, and City Council. The Park Funding Advisory Committee will continue to meet roughly every three weeks through March, 2019 to consider options for funding this project as well as improvements to several Shoreline parks. Their recommendation will be shared with the City Manager who will consider their feedback in her recommendation to the City Council this spring.

Open House Materials

Park Funding Advisory Committee

At the November 14 meeting of the Park Funding Advisory Committee (PFAC), WRNS Studio and PRCS Staff discussed the process that has led to this point followed by a presentation of concept designs and cost estimates. Copies of both presentations are below.

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]
  • A Parks Funding Advisory Committee will advise the City Manager on funding options

    The committee began meeting on September 12, 2018 and will meet roughly every three weeks through March. More information is on the "Community & Aquatics Center and Parks Funding" project page.

    WRNS Studio chosen to develop site designs and construction cost estimates

    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 is to develop reasonable cost estimates as a basis for determining potential funding strategies. The City is excited to work with the very creative and skilled team at WRNS Studio on this project.  WRNS Studio

    The Aquatics and Community Center Feasibility Study that was completed as part of the PROS Plan public input process and ongoing conversations with the Shoreline community are shaping the building's design and function.

    Background

    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.