Last Updated: January 2, 2024

PROJECT TYPE:

Community Aquatic / Recreation Center

PROJECT VALUE:

$16m to $26m

PROJECT SCHEDULE:

  • 2021: PRSA Recreation Needs Assessment completed.
  • Fall 2022: RFQ published asking for qualified firms to submit proposals. NAC Architecture selected to work with PRSA Board on project.
  • January 31, 2023 – Concept designs unveiled at Community Engagement Night at the Festhalle.
  • March 31, 2023 – Community Survey about Aquatic / Recreation Center launches.
  • May 2, 2023 – Preliminary survey results presented at quarterly Community Engagement Night at the Festhalle from 5 to 8pm.
  • May 12, 2023 – Survey closes.  See final survey results here.
  • September 19, 2023 – Public Forum @ 6pm @ the Festhalle.
  • January 2, 2024 — Final Report received from NAC Architecture.

PROJECT UPDATES:
  • January 2, 2024 — Final Report received from NAC Architecture

Timeline

2021

PRSA Recreation Needs Assessment

2022

RFQ was published asking for qualified firms to submit proposals

January 2023

Concepts unveiled at the Community Engagement Night for public comment

March 2023

Community Survey Launches

May 2023

Preliminary survey results were presented at the quarterly Community Engagement Night on May 2 at the Festhalle from 5 to 8pm.

September 2023

Community Forum at the Festhalle where NAC presents final survey results and leads the community in a conversation about the next steps for this project.

January 2024

Final report received from NAC.
CONTACT INFORMATION:

VACANT
PRSA Clerk
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (509) 548-5275 ext. 129

OTHER INFORMATION:

 

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

What is the purpose of this project?
The goal of this project is for the community to enjoy a year-round pool, which was the highest need identified in the PRSA's 2021 Recreation Needs Assessment.

 

How would a community pool project be funded?
Several funding sources are being considered. One strategy is the creation of a voter-approved Public Facility District (PFD) in the City, which would add an additional .02% to the existing sales tax (or 2 cents for every $10 purchase). The rest of Chelan County approved a PFD to fund the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee. It is estimated that a new .02% sales tax would generate approximately $600,000 per year for the community pool. Another funding strategy is for a voter-approved property tax increase. With voter approval, the Upper Valley Parks & Recreation Service Area could assess a tax from $.25 up to $1.00 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to raise funds for the pool. This would increase property taxes on a property with an assessed value of $100,000 by approximately $25 to $100 a year. For example, a $.50 increase on a property with an assessed value of $500,0000 would cost $20.83/month. The City could also contribute a portion of its lodging tax revenue to help fund up the construction cost of the pool.

 

 

 


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