Snohomish Aquatic Center FAQs

(Updated January 4, 2014)

General

  • When will the Snohomish Aquatic Center open?
    • Our Snohomish Aquatic Center Community Grand Opening Event will be held on Saturday, January 25. The facility will open to the community beginning Sunday, January 26.
  • WhAquaticCenter_wTag_RGB_final.jpgen was the groundbreaking event held?
    • The Snohomish Aquatic Center Groundbreaking was held on June 27, 2012. More than 100 community members attended this event.
  • Who designed the Snohomish Aquatic Center?
    • Dull Olson Weekes Architects of Portland, Oregon, was selected to design the facility.
  • Who is contracted to build the facility?
    • Abscher Construction Company of Puyallup, Washington, is the contractor. Construction began in June 2012.
  • How was the Snohomish Aquatic Center being paid for?
    • The Snohomish Aquatic Center was constructed with funds from the Snohomish School District’s 2008 Capital Projects Bond.
  • What other school district projects are part of the 2008 Capital Projects Bond?
    • Voters approved the $261.6 million bond on May 20, 2008, to complete the Snohomish High School renovation, to replace Valley View Middle School, to renovate and expand Centennial Middle School, to replace Machias and Riverview elementary schools, to build the Snohomish Aquatic Center, to make district-wide capital improvements, and acquire classroom technology to improve student learning.
  • What is the expected construction cost of the Snohomish Aquatic Center?
    • The Snohomish Aquatic Center is expected to cost $22.2 million.
  • Where is the Snohomish Aquatic Center?
    • The Snohomish Aquatic Center is at 516 Maple Avenue in Snohomish. It is at the site of the district’s former Maple Avenue Campus/Freshman Campus. Its Web address is www.snohomishaquatic.com. The main phone number will be (360) 568-8030. The facility’s Facebook page can found at www.facebook.com/snohomishaquatic.
  • What is the partnership with the YMCA of Snohomish County all about?
    • In April 2013, Snohomish School District partnered with the YMCA of Snohomish County to help prepare for the center’s January 2014 grand opening. The Snohomish Aquatic Center is, and will remain, a Snohomish School District facility. YMCA of Snohomish County membership is unrelated to the Snohomish Aquatic Center fee structure. This is an independently operated facility. Should the YMCA of Snohomish County choose to provide benefits to its members, the school district will receive compensation for that usage.
  • What facilities are part of the Snohomish Aquatic Center?
    • The facility includes a competition pool with a dive area, a recreational pool area, a warm-water therapy area, spray-play area, zero-entry area, surf-simulation machine (FlowRider), lazy river and water slide (Splashtacular). It also includes locker rooms, private meeting spaces, and a family changing area. There is no sauna or fitness areas. Click here to view a diagram of the facility.
  • Is the pool water be saline or chlorine?
    • The Snohomish Aquatic Center has a saline pool system. The system produces natural chlorine out of simple salt water, which reduces reliance on typical pool chemicals. The system creates a more swimmer friendly environment with improved water and air quality. (Note: The FlowRider is not a saline system.)
  • How much parking is available at the Snohomish Aquatic Center?
    • There are 193 parking spaces, including six ADA spaces, available. There is a convenient and safe drop-off and pick-up zone.
  • How large is the Snohomish Aquatic Center?
    • The facility is 52,000 square feet. The competition pool has its own natatorium to provide functional and acoustic separation from the recreation pool areas. The competition pool and recreation pool areas are able to function independently of the activities that occur in the other areas.
  • How much water does the Snohomish Aquatic Center use?
    • The competition pool holds 438,380 gallons of water (6,163 square feet).
    • The recreation pool areas hold 112,726 gallons of water (5,091 square feet).
    • The FlowRider uses 39,086 gallons of water.
  • What is the person capacity of the facility?
    • The competition pool has a maximum capacity of 205 people.
    • The recreation pool areas have a maximum capacity of 203 people.
  • What will the fees to use the Snohomish Aquatic Center be?
  • Do I need to be a YMCA of Snohomish County member to use the facility?
    • In April 2013, Snohomish School District partnered with the YMCA of Snohomish County to help prepare for the center’s January 2014 grand opening. The Snohomish Aquatic Center is, and will remain, a Snohomish School District facility. YMCA of Snohomish County membership is unrelated to the Snohomish Aquatic Center fee structure. This is an independently operated facility. Should the YMCA of Snohomish County choose to provide benefits to its members, the school district will receive compensation for that usage.

  • What are the operating hours of the Snohomish Aquatic Center?

    • General operating hours of the Snohomish Aquatic Center are:
      • Monday - Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

      • Saturday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

      • Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m.

    • Pool-specific open and close times can be found at www.snohomishaquatic.com in mid January 2014.

  • Is the Snohomish Aquatic Center an indoor facility, outdoor facility or both?

    • The Snohomish Aquatic Center is an indoor facility. We have integrated natural light into the design to create a bright interior environment and reduce enerrgy costs.

  • Can I see my kids and family from the lobby?
    • Just beyond the café and front desk, there is a comfortable lobby with  tables, chairs and benches. Visitors have a full view of recreation pool areas through the facility's two glass walls.

  • Is there be ample changing space?
    • There are 4 family/assisted changing rooms fully equipped with bathroom/shower/changing table. One of the rooms holds an adult changing table. There is a separate locker area located here as well. The Snohomish Aquatic Center also has has a separate locker space/changing area for varsity swim/dive teams.
  • Is there be a café space?
    • The café will host light fare foods and snacks, beverages including coffee and espresso. A specific menu has not yet been determined.

  • Is there be party and event spaces?

    • The Snohomish Aquatic Center includes one large meeting room which can be divided into two smaller spaces, depending on the size of the group.

Employment

  • How many people will be Snohomish Aquatic Center employ?
    • The Snohomish Aquatic Center will employ 60-80 people. These include lifeguards, swim instructors, front desk/café staff and the management team.
  • Where can I apply for one of the open positions?
    • For more information and to apply for any of the open positions, please visit the YMCA of Snohomish County's career page located at www.ymca-snoco.org/jobs. Once on the site, search the "Location" field for "Snohomish Aquatic Center" to see a list of available positions.

Competition Pool

  • How many lanes are in the competition area?
    • There are 10 competition lanes each 25 yards long.
  • How big is the competition pool?
    • The competition pool is 25 yards by 25 meters.
  • How many people can sit in the bleacher section?
    • The competition pool bleachers seat 420 people. This area also incorporates a separate air supply for the added comfort of spectators.
  • What is the temperature of the competition pool?
    • The competition pool is 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • How deep is the competition pool?
    • The pool begins at 7 feet and deepens to 12.5 feet.
  • How deep is the diving well?
    • The diving well is 12.5 feet deep.
  • How many diving boards will there be?
    • There are two 1-meter diving boards.
  • How many diving blocks will there be?
    • There will be 10 Xcelerator adjustable track starts.
  • How much water will the competition pool hold?
    • The competition pool holds 438,380 gallons of water (6,163 square feet).
  • What is the person capacity of the competition pool?
    • The competition pool has a maximum capacity of 205 people.
  • What timing system will be used for competitions?
    • The Snohomish Aquatic Center utilizes the Colorado Timing System and a 10-lane display board.
  • What competitive organizations will use the facility?
    • The Snohomish Aquatic Center is the home pool for the Snohomish High School and Glacier Peak High School swim and dive teams. It will also be used by other community swim, dive and water polo teams, U.S. club teams, U.S. Master’s Swimming and Special Olympics.

Recreation Pool Areas

  • What activities will be held in the recreation pool areas?
    • The recreation pool areas support a variety of structured and non-structured uses including swimming lessons, water exercise and water play.
  • What are some of the features of the recreation pool areas?
    • The recreation pool area includes a recreational pool (5,091 square feet), a warm-water therapy area, spray-play area, zero-entry area, surf-simulation machine (FlowRider), lazy river and water slide (Splashtacular).
  • What is the temperature of the recreation pool water?
    • The recreation pool is 84-86 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • The warm-water therapy area is 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • How deep are the recreation pool areas?
    • The main recreation pool begins at 2 feet and deepens up to 4.5 feet. There are steps to get into and out of the pool. There is also a zero-entry spray/play area.
  • How much water does recreation pool areas use?
    • The recreation pool spaces hold 112,726 gallons of water (5,091 square feet).
    • The FlowRider uses 39,086 gallons of water.
  • What is the person capacity of the recreation pool areas?
    • The recreation pool spaces have a maximum capacity of 203 people.
  • What are some details of the recreation/instructional pool areas?
    • Swim instruction and recreational swimming take place in the recreation pool areas. There is the zero-depth entry for toddlers, a shallow water area for preschool and beginner swimmers and three, 20-yard lap lanes for more advanced lessons, water fitness classes and lap swimming.
  • What is a FlowRider?
    • A FlowRider is a surf-simulation machine. It uses 39,086 gallons of water and flows at a rate of 326 gallons per minute.
  • How many people can use the FlowRider at one time?
    • One person is able to use the FlowRider machine at a time.
  • How old/big do you need to be to use the FlowRider?
    • Participants must be 42 inches tall to use the body board (laying down) or 52 inches tall and less than 350 pounds to use the flow board (standing).
  • Where can I learn more information about a FlowRider?
  • What is the Splashtacular?
    • The Splashtacular is the facility’s water slide. It uses 650 gallons of water per minute. It is an enclosed water slide that enters from inside the building, extends out of the building and spirals back into the recreation pool.
  • How big is the Splashtacular?
    • The water slide is 151 feet long and 20 feet high.
  • How old/big do you need to be to use the Splashtacular?
    • To use the water slide, participants must pass a swim test and be at least 48-inches tall.
  • What is the lazy river?        
    • In the recreation pool, there is a lazy river feature. It is in a figure 8 shape. Guests can float on tubes and participate in water fit classes that may take place in the river section of the facility.
  • What is warm-water therapy area used for?
    • The warm-water therapy area is designed to recognize the special needs of our users. Therapeutic programs and classes, including adaptive physical eduation and life skills training, are a function of this space. It will also supports swimming lessons, parent-tot programs and classes, therapeutic classes offered to the community and independent exercise/injury rehabilitation.

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