The Upper Valley PRSA is undergoing a feasibility study for a year-round aquatic/recreation center.
Current Indoor Pool Feasibility Study
An indoor pool feasibility study is currently underway and a preliminary budget has been completed. Two types of projects are being considered: a 20,000 square foot indoor pool, and a larger 30,000 square foot recreation center that meets broader needs and will function more like a community center. The financing of either project will likely necessitate the creation of a Public Facilities District to generate additional sales tax, the use of some lodging tax funds, and a voter-approved general obligation bond.
History of the PRSA
The Upper Valley Park and Recreation Service Area was formed in 1997 to enhance and broaden the range of park and recreation facilities and programs available to Upper Valley residents, including but not necessarily limited to the development of a family aquatic center in Leavenworth. The PRSA board commissioned a Needs Assessment Survey during the summer of 2021, the purpose of which was to gather feedback to guide investment in parks, recreation, and community facilities. The highest priority for the community, as indicated by the survey, was a year-round indoor swimming pool. The current outdoor swimming pool is open less than three months, with many competing priorities for the limited time the pool is operational. An indoor pool would serve the community in a year-round capacity, accommodating the needs of youth (swim lessons, open swim, swim team), adults and the senior population equally.