AQUATIC CENTER PLANNING PROCESS
BACKGROUND & BASIS OF STUDY
In the recognition of the need for public park facilities and in particular a swimming pool, island voters approved the formation of the Bainbridge Island Park & Recreation District in a special election on May 25, 1965. This effort was spearheaded by members of the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island with the active support of numerous other groups on the island. The first board meeting of the new Park District was held on June 4, 1965.
To stabilize funding operations and long-term planning for the Park District, island residents voted on September 14, 2004 to approve the formation of the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District. As a metropolitan park district, the Park District now operates under a tax structure that provides the community with on-going funding for their local Park District and thereby assures island residents of continued park and recreation services from year to year.
In February of 2015, the Bainbridge Island community voted in favor of purchasing the Sakai property located in the heart of the island and directly across the street from the current aquatic center. The District conducted a public process to determine the public’s interests for the new site and one of the 12 items generated from the process was a 50-meter pool to replace the aging Ray Williamson lap pool.
In the Summer of 2017, the District commissioned an assessment of the Ray Williamson lap pool. The study confirmed the pool was beyond its useful life and no longer meeting the community’s needs. The same study proposed three alternatives to meet the growing community needs. In conclusion, the District’s board of commissioners decided to pursue further studies on operation and construction costs of a new facility in connection with the current facility as opposed to the Sakai property across the street.
6/21/18 – Ray Williamson Pool Feasibility Study Schedule – Board Review
The board reviewed the proposed feasibility study schedule developed by Coates Design Group.
Click here to see the Project Schedule *Project schedule is subject to change
6/7/18 – Ray Williamson Pool Feasibility Study Schedule – Design Firm Selection
To see the meeting minutes of the board meeting click on the following link: 06/07/18.
3/1/18 – Ray Williamson Pool Feasibility Study Schedule – Study Scope of Work
To see the meeting minutes of the board meeting click on the following link: 03/01/18.
Click here for Project Scope of Work
9/7/17 – Ray Williamson Pool Assessment Study – Board Discussion
To see the Ray Williamson Pool Assessment Study, click here. This study was presented at the August 17, 2017 board meeting, with action pertaining to it taken on September 7, 2017. To see the meeting minutes of the board meeting click on the following link: 09/07/17.
8/17/17 – Ray Williamson Pool Assessment Study by Aquatic Design Group
To see the Ray Williamson Pool Assessment Study, click here. This study was presented at the August 17, 2017 board meeting, with action pertaining to it taken on September 7, 2017. To see the minutes of the board meeting click on the following link: 08/17/17.