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As of February 2019, all open lap swimming is suspended through Fall of 2019

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Evergreen Aquatics Updates 

(March 8, 2019) The CRC staff is eager to share the following updates about progress in the work to evaluate opportunities for a sustainable Aquatics Program and notify you of important dates to provide feedback.

Following the announcement of the suspension of open lap swimming at the Evergreen pool in January, members of the CRC staff met with students at the January 23rd Geoduck Student Union (GSU) Assembly meeting. The purpose of this was to gather feedback regarding the types of programming students would like available during this period of suspended open lap swimming. Based upon feedback received, we are currently working to confirm the feasibility, and schedule for the following student programs: Lap swimming, Safe Swim/Gym, Movie Nights, and additional dance and yoga classes. We anticipate that some or all of these will begin Spring Quarter.

An Aquatics Steering Committee, comprised of four students, four staff, and one faculty member, has been identified and held the first meeting to develop recommendations for a sustainable aquatics program at Evergreen. This work is expected to take place between March and July, 2019, and include:

  • A review of the history and recent user data
  • Stakeholder feedback
  • Evaluation and analysis of feedback
  • Technical Consultant assessment/advice
  • Recommendations for consideration

The full Aquatics Steering Committee Charge (PDF) is also available. 

Upcoming Opportunities: Have Your Voice Heard

In order for the steering committee’s recommendations to be informed by student, faculty, staff, and community interest, there are two phases of input-gathering planned: forums and surveys.

Forums: Have an opinion? We want to listen. Attending a forum is the first way to have your voice heard regarding the future of aquatics are Evergreen.

  • Forum 1: Community/Patron Forum -  Wednesday, March 20th, 6-8 pm, Sem II C1105
  • Forum 2: Faculty/Staff Forum - Monday, April 8th, 3-5 pm, Sem II C1105*
  • Forum 3: Student Forum - Wednesday, April 10th, 5-7 pm, Sem II C1105*

*Original timeline had Student, Faculty, and Staff forums in mid-March, aiming to seek student input first. Forum timing was adjusted based on feedback from students, faculty, and staff in order to maximize opportunity for broad participation

Surveys: In addition to in-person forums, opportunities for input will also be available through surveys during mid-May.  

The Aquatics Steering Committee needs to hear from a broad representation of students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Patrons.  We hope that you will share your opinions and ideas through one or both of these opportunities.


Open Swim Suspension

The CRC will have reduced pool hours through December 2019. Open and lap swimming will not be available for drop-in use during this time.

Evergreen student programs, local school programs, and rentals will continue. The CRC, including the sauna, will continue to operate as usual.

The Evergreen Swim Club will continue to offer a Master Swim Program, from 5:30 am to 7:30 am, for those who want to use our pool through this contracted program.

The scaled back operations will not impact new and contracted rentals, or our summer camp programming.

Reason for the Reduction in Pool Hours

The CRC lacks the capacity to operate the pool in a sustainable manner. We have decided to pause the operation now and assess what we need to do to best serve the needs of the Evergreen community.

Future of the Pool

An Aquatics Program Development working group will identify options for a robust aquatics program that meets the needs of our students, community members, partner organizations, and campus renewal.

During the evaluation and planning process, we will seek input from a wide range of campus and community stakeholders. Updates as this work progresses will be posted at the top of this page.

If you would like additional information, please contact Ray Finn, Assistant Director of Recreation, at finnr@evergreen.edu or (360) 867-6528.

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