Chris Bensen has been hired as the manager of the Snohomish Aquatic Center. Bensen, who is from Long Island, New York, joins the facility with more than 30 years managing local aquatic programs.
Bensen was hired in August 2013 by the YMCA of Snohomish County to provide administrative oversight to all operational functions of the facility. In addition, she will act as a liaison and representative between the District and the YMCA of Snohomish County; will supervise the operation and maintenance of the facility; will supervise daily activities of all on-site staff; and will develop and implement facility use strategy and prioritization to maximize efficiencies and usage.
In April 2013, Snohomish School District partnered with the YMCA of Snohomish County to help prepare for the center’s January 2014 grand opening. In addition, the YMCA of Snohomish County will continue to manage the facility for the school district after the January 2014 grand opening. The Snohomish Aquatic Center, which is being constructed with funds from the District’s 2008 Capital Projects Bond, is and will remain a District facility.
“I am excited to be a part of the Snohomish Aquatic Center – a remarkable facility owned by the Snohomish School District and managed by the YMCA of Snohomish County,” said Bensen. “I look forward to collaborating with the community to create aquatic programs for infants through senior citizens. This facility will have everything under one roof – swim lessons, recreational swim time, surf lessons, diving, competitive swim opportunities and aquatic wellness classes. In fact, it was this impressive facility and welcoming community that drew me to Snohomish.”
Construction slated for January 2014 completion
The 2008 bond included funding to build a new aquatic center for the Snohomish community. Many studies and surveys were conducted to assist in the selection of a site. The Maple Avenue Campus (former Freshman Campus) was chosen as the best location for the Snohomish Aquatic Center.
The Snohomish Aquatic Center will accommodate educational needs, competitive events, athletics, wellness/therapy, and public recreation. The facility will have three pools, including a competitive pool with a dive area, 10 lanes and bleachers for 420 spectators. The recreational pool area includes a warm-water therapy area, surf-simulation machine, lazy river and water slide. It will also include locker rooms and a family changing area. The center is expected to host a variety of classes, events and activities.
Dull Olson Weekes Architects was selected to design the facility.
In early 2009 and 2010, the District held public meetings to share progress and gather community input for the new facility. Notes for these meetings are listed below:
If you would like more information about this project, please contact Chris Bensen, facility manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 20, 2008 - Voters approve $261.6 million bond
Summer 2008 - Architects selected
Fall 2008 - Site selection process begins
2009-2010 - Site selection and schematic design development
Fall 2013 - Projected completion
Architect: Dull Olson Weekes Architects
Project Manager: Steve Moore