View Full Version : Save our 50 Meter outdoor pool!

October 22nd, 2011, 12:38 AM

After the past few years of budget issues, mainly resulting from a poorly funded events center that the city took charge of, they have been talking seriously of closing our outdoor city pool for good! It looks like we may be safe for a while though...thanks to all those who helped lobby for the swimmers of the Wenatchee area! :applaud:

Keep swimmers of all ages swimming!! :cheerleader:

October 22nd, 2011, 11:28 AM

There were some other threads on this topic. It looks like the club and groups are already thinking about public/private combinations where an entity that really understands how to operate a pool profitably (sadly most cities / governments do not) could take it over. As I've been around the country, the consistent theme I hear in terms of what can help drive a pool to break-even or profitably is learn-to-swim programs. As those programs have the double benefit of preventing drownings, it's a win-win. Learn-to-swim is not a silver bullet, but is a key component to think about.

October 22nd, 2011, 02:11 PM
Tacoma's been facing a similar issue with Titlow Pool. For the last few years every summer may be the "last summer" for the pool. I don't see any way out of this until the economy improves, unfortunately.

Western Washington is almost as 50 meter pool deprived as Eastern Washington. We've got Federal Way, Colman, Titlow and the pool in Port Orchard. At least Seattle seems to recognize the value of Colman since they've started on a major overhaul. It will mean the pool opens about a month late in 2012, which will suck, but at least it shows they still consider Colman a valuable asset to the community.

October 22nd, 2011, 02:22 PM
Our newly constructed city operated swim center was on the chopping block due to significant budget problems within the city. The swim team we are on stepped up to take over operations and we've been running the facility for about 14 months now. As Patrick mentioned, swim lessons (Make A Splash and Swim America) have been a big part of our ability to maintain a break even financial status. This arrangement has worked out well for nearly everybody involved. The city is no longer losing 100's of thousands of dollars on pool operations each year, the residents still have access to the city pool that their tax dollars helped to pay for and our swim team has secured a place to swim for the foreseeable future.