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Si View Metropolitan Park District

Proposition No. 1

Improvement Bonds for a New Aquatic Center

 

The Board of Park Commissioners of the Si View Metropolitan Park District adopted Resolution No. 2020-03 concerning construction of a new aquatic center. If approved, this proposition authorizes the acquisition, design, development, construction and equipping of an aquatic center, including the acquisition of real property, to serve residents of the District and surrounding areas; the issuance of up to $23,700,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a 30 year term; and the levy of excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds.

 

Should this proposition be approved:

 

Approved

Rejected


Proposition 1 authorizes the Si View Metropolitan Park District to construct a new aquatics center to serve residents of the District and surrounding areas.  The new aquatics center would provide additional facilities and programs to meet the aquatic needs of a rapidly growing population in the Snoqualmie Valley.   
  
The proposed aquatics center is expected to be approximately 46,000 sf and built in 2 phases, depending on available project funding.  Phase 1 proposal includes a 4,600 sf beach entry recreation pool with interactive water features, river current, flexible programming space with a three lane 25 yard lap area, a separate water slide and splash pad with spray features. Proposed dry spaces include classrooms, family locker rooms and restrooms, office area, maintenance and storage spaces. The proposed facility design is such that spaces can operate independently or simultaneously with a later addition that could include a cold water competition pool and a 2,500 sf multipurpose room. 
  
The District conducted a comprehensive needs assessment and aquatics feasibility study in 2019. As a result of community input and recommendation of the study, the District found that in order to accommodate the needs of residents, a larger facility with expanded aquatic services is necessary. Proposition 1 authorizes funding for phase 1 of the project with the issuance of up to $23,700,000 in general obligation bonds maturing within 30 years and set excess property taxes to repay those bonds with an estimated impact of $9.10 per month on a $500,000 home.  
 

Si View Park District runs the only public pool in the Snoqualmie Valley, surrounded by rivers.  Our community’s needs for swim lessons and aquatics long ago outgrew our tiny but beloved pool built in 1938.  Community surveys consistently show that families want a new Aquatic Center.  All ages will benefit, from preschool swim lessons, teen lifeguard classes, to seniors’ fitness programs.  An Aquatic Center provides healthy fun: Interactive water play features (slide, lazy river), lap lanes, and outdoor splash pads, serving the whole family. 

Si View is fiscally responsible:  Bond rating agencies recognize Si View’s excellent fiscal management with an AA rating.  The Aquatic Center Feasibility study includes a financial plan.  Our community knows that our locally-managed Si View Park District excels at managing parks, facilities and rec programs.  Si View Prop 2 is a one-time levy lift to support Aquatic Center operational costs.

Expansion opportunity: Future build-out could include a competition pool, and more rec space.  

Timing: Building costs increase over time.  A new Aquatic Center now would be less expensive than in future.  Ultimately, our voters should make the decision of when is the right time to build this community asset.  Vote Yes for Si View!

Linda Grez, lindagrez@comcast.net

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

60% approval and turnout equal to at least 2,308 voters (Wash. Const. art. VII, sec. 2(b))

For questions about this measure, contact: Travis Stombaugh, Executive Director,
(425) 831-1900, tstombaugh@siviewpark.org

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