Snohomish Aquatic Center to open Jan. 26
SNOHOMISH - The highly anticipated Snohomish Aquatic Center is on schedule to meet its January opening date.
The 52,000-square-foot facility at 516 Maple Ave. will be the site of a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Jan. 25, Snohomish School District spokeswoman Kristin Foley said last week.
The pool opens to the public on Sunday, Jan. 26. Information about the facility, including hours and fees, is available on the Snohomish Aquatic Center website www.snohomishaquatic.com.
Snohomish city residents will receive a 20 percent discount on three-month and annual swim passes.
“It’s such a tremendous community asset,” Foley said. “It’s so exciting for us as a school district and for us as a community.”
The center includes a competition pool with a dive area, a recreational pool, a warm-water therapy area, spray play area, a FlowRider surf-simulation machine, lazy river and water slide. It also includes locker rooms, private meeting spaces and a family changing area.
The school district is eager to once again provide a home pool for the swim and dive teams.
Since the Hal Moe Pool closed in 2007 due to beyond repair structural damages, athletes and their parents have had to drive out of town to a Gold’s Gym to practice. Snohomish and Glacier Peak high schools spoke out in 2012 about dwindling swim team membership because of the inconvenience.
“Our teams have been using an off-site pool for years, and now they’ll finally have a home,” Foley said. “The electives it’ll offer our community and kids, not only in terms of recreation, but learning about water safety.”
The facility’s $22.2 million price tag was part of the $261 million bond passed by voters in 2008.
“We’re waiting on furniture, but there will be no major changes,” Foley said. “Everything pretty much came together.”
The grand opening celebration will include a 30-minute dedication ceremony, facility tour and open swim sessions. Local swimmers, Snohomish city staff and school district representatives will be present.
The boy’s and girl’s swim and dive teams got in the water on Dec. 20 for the first time to test diving boards and swim lanes, Foley said. They will start practicing in the competition pool in January.
The center is expected to offer a selection of swim classes for all ages, from toddlers to seniors.
Classes will ramp up slowly for now, Foley said, while the staff learns what is popular and where the demand lies for certain programs.
The YMCA of Snohomish County is contracted by the district to run the facility and is in the process of hiring staff. Once fully staffed, the center will employ 60 to 80 people.
To apply, visit http://www.ymca-snoco.org/jobs.
Foley said she hopes the new aquatic center that has been in the making for about two years will contribute to the city’s economy.
“I would certainly hope so,” Foley said. “The number of people that will come to us from the city of Snohomish and the neighboring community ... there will be a significant demand to use the facility; it’s got a lot to offer.”
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