• Si View Metropolitan Park
  • Si View Metropolitan Park
  • Si View Metropolitan Park
  • Si View Metropolitan Park
  • Si View Metropolitan Park

Community Aquatic Center Proposal

Over the course of the last two years the District has been focused on fulfilling a commitment to our community to research, engage and evaluate options to provide our residents an opportunity for an affordable new aquatic center that can meet the current needs of our residents and be sustainably operated now and in to the future. The District is presenting two ballot measures to local voters in November 2020 that would fund the development and operations of a new community aquatic center. This is an exciting project for the Snoqualmie Valley, and the next step in the progression that follows the comprehensive aquatics feasibility study. The study was commissioned to better understand the community's aquatic needs and how to best address them - one of the top priorities identified in the District's 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update, and a consistent community priority in every statistically valid survey since 2008.

Project Details:

The proposed aquatics center is expected to be approximately 46,000 sf and built in 2 phases, depending on available project funding. The proposed phase 1 features include a 4,600 sf beach entry warm temperature recreation pool with interactive water features, river current, flexible programming space with a three lane 25 yard lap area, and a separate 109' long water slide as well as a 2,000 sf outdoor splash pad with spray features. For comparison, the size of the current Si View Pool area is 2,534 sf. Proposed dry spaces include classrooms, family locker rooms and restrooms, office area, maintenance and storage spaces. The proposed facility design is such that spaces can operate independently or simultaneously with a later addition that could include a 6,200 sf cool water competition pool, associated infrastructure, and a 2,500 sf multi-purpose room.

Project Cost:

The estimated construction cost to build Phase 1 of the proposed aquatic center facility using the current schematic design and projected timeline is $24.2 million.

Proposition 1, a capital bond measure, would fund the necessary land acquisition, design and construction of a community aquatic center in North Bend to serve residents of the District and surrounding areas. The new aquatics center would provide additional facilities and programs to meet the aquatic needs of a rapidly growing population in the Snoqualmie Valley. Proposition 1 authorizes capital funding for phase 1 of the project with the issuance of up to $23,700,000 in general obligation bonds maturing within 30 years and set excess property taxes to repay those bonds with an estimated impact of $9.10 per month on a $500,000 home.

Proposition 2 is a levy lid lift measure to support operations at the Si View Metropolitan Park District, including the costs associated with operating a new aquatic facility. Proposition 2 would cost the owner of the average District home $500,000 about $2.69 per month. The amount of the levy collected in 2021 would be used to calculate subsequent levy limits. Qualifying seniors, veterans, and others would be exempt, per RCW 84.36.

Proposition 2 would increase the regular property tax of the District by up to $0.06/$1,000 of assessed valuation to a maximum regular property tax rate of $0.53/$1,000 of assessed valuation, as allowed by RCW 84.55. to fund parks and recreation operations and services, including: Constructing, improving and equipping the new aquatic center facility; Paying for costs of maintenance and operations of the new aquatic facility; and Costs of operating, maintaining, equipping and improving District park and recreation facilities and programs.

Project Timeline:

The District surveyed residents for the level of support of a capital bond measure in late March 2020. With overwhelming support for the proposed development, the District has decided to put these measures before the voters for approval on November 3, 2020. With approval of this capital bond and levy lift proposal, the project design would begin in 2021 with Phase 1 construction as early as mid 2022 and Phase 1 completion by end of 2023.

Why Now:

The current Si View Pool facility was originally constructed in 1938 and sized appropriately for the 600 residents of North Bend that it served. As the only public aquatic facility in Snoqualmie Valley, the current Si View Pool is not adequate to meet the needs of a population base of nearly 40,000 residents. This has been confirmed in a number of community surveys, long waitlists to access swim lessons, and most recently, the feasibility study. This project is for the community by the community. Available land in locations feasible for a project this size is becoming increasingly sparse in our community, and each year we wait to move forward, construction costs are likely to increase. In order to present the most relevant and cost-effective project proposal that addresses the priorities our community has voiced, time is of essence. However, in the end it is up to the community to decide how the District should proceed forward.

Background Information:

In 2019, Si View Metro Parks completed a comprehensive aquatics feasibility study for Snoqualmie Valley. This study was commissioned to better understand the community's aquatic needs and how to best address them - this was one of the top priorities in the District's 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update. The study was performed by an independent team of nationally-recognized architects, planners and aquatic specialists.

The aquatics feasibility study recommendations for facility size and amenities are based on the specific needs and program elements compiled during demographic and market research, through a multi-layered public outreach process, and in accord with Si View Metro Parks' mission to provide parks and recreational services to improve the quality of life and benefit the health, safety and well-being of area residents.

Key Findings:

  • The current Si View pool is the only public aquatics facility in the Snoqualmie Valley with a population base of nearly 40,000 residents. The primary service area includes Si View Metropolitan Park District residents and the secondary service area includes the City of Snoqualmie residents and the nearby communities of Fall City and Preston.
  • In order to meet current and future aquatics needs of the full service area, a facility with a large recreation pool and a separate tank for lap programming and aquatic competitions is needed to support programming for all ages and abilities.
  • Survey data and public meeting comments show strong support for such a facility.
  • Based on a thorough business plan analysis, such an aquatics facility would be sustainably funded through program and user fees, with some level of operational support by Si View Metro Parks General Fund.
  • To deliver such a facility, community collaboration is necessary for capital funding and operations. This could include capital contributions from cities, King County, Snoqualmie Valley School District and other potential partners.

Facility Features

The proposed 46,594 sf facility includes a 4,600 sf beach entry warm temperature recreation pool with interactive water features, river current, flexible programming space with a three lane 25 yard lap area, and a separate 109' long water slide. For comparison, the size of the current Si View Pool area is 2,534 sf.

A separate 6,210 sf cooler temperature competition pool is proposed ranging in depth from 3'6" to 13'3" to accommodate diving. The 25 meter by 25 yard design allows for ten 25 yard lap lanes or eight 25 meter lap lanes, 1 meter spring boards, climbing wall and 25 yard floating cage water polo.

Proposed dry spaces include a 2,500 sf multi-purpose room, 1,700 sf of classroom spaces, locker rooms and restrooms for both pools, office area, maintenance and storage spaces with a layout that allows for simultaneous full programming of both pool areas to maximize operational efficiency.

Additionally, a 2,000 sf outdoor splash pad with spray features and multiple zones for age appropriate play that does not require a lifeguard is proposed.

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