The National Recreation and Park Association has developed recommended levels of service standards for parks and recreation communities. For aquatic centers it is recommended that one facility per 35,000 residents. Currently the City of Boise has roughly 230,000 residents (and growing everyday), however the City of Boise only has one aquatic center to try and meet the needs of the residents of Boise; The Boise City Aquatics Center located in the West YMCA. With the closure of the pool at Boise State, there is a void in the ability to provide adequate water space for swim lessons, competitive club swimming, masters swimming, water polo, high school swimming, community lap swimming, and lifeguard training. The outdoor pools in the area attempt to fulfil part of the need but they aren’t able to sufficiently do so, leaving many residents of Boise lacking adequate resources for such endeavours.
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The Aquatic Center will meet the aquatics needs of recreational, competitive, social and therapeutic members across a wide range of ages and abilities. In addition, the state-of-the-art ‘fast pool’ is designed to attract elite competitive local, regional and national aquatic events to Boise, generating millions in economic impact for the Treasure Valley region.
The Greater Boise Aquatic Centre will be located at 3575 S. Findley Avenue in Southeast Boise.
We are anticipating an opening date in late 2022 or very early 2023. Please contact us to be placed on our email list for all future updates.
Membership is not required to use the facility, anyone can purchase a daily or monthly pass for pool use.
The swimming community is extensive throughout the Treasure Valley. Club teams in Boise all carry extensive wait lists, city recreation league teams are limited in size and don’t meet demand, high school swimming is constrained by limited city and YMCA pool availability, lesson programming doesn’t currently meet the needs of the Boise area, and countless other aquatics programs are searching for water space. As of today, ICA has secured commitments from multiple programs for lane rental that will essentially fill lane space during key demographic times.
Facility costs have been developed using multiple comparative facilities from around the country. ICA has been incredibly conservative with respect to both revenues and expenses to ensure that projected financials are reasonable. A peer review of our projections was performed by CSL and the study confirms that our financial expectations are reasonable. ICA used actual financial data from facilities in Colorado Springs, CO; Federal Way, WA; Greensboro, NC, Cary, NC; and others to build our financial cost models. We also relied on industry experts to review our figures to confirm reasonableness.
Aquatic centres typically run at a deficit due to poor programming. They either offer programming that offers little financial return or offer so many programs, that pool space cannot be maximized for the success of the facility or its users. Modern facilities are designed to accommodate focused needs and consider areas of greatest use. Further, ICA has proposed a facility this is based on (1) rental of lane space for program use, (2) a robust learn-to-swim program, and (3) multiple event hosting. Eliminating loss areas, such as concessions (see above) and low revenue components (spas, saunas, and slides), will allow the facility to break-even and potentially create modest net income. See previous FAQs for additional financial information, including peer comparisons, peer review, and committed tenants.
ICA is founded by families that have been committed to the sport of swimming since the mid-1970s. We are multi-generational, multi-faceted, and deeply ingrained within the swimming community. We have over 250 years of combined experience. This is truly a passion and not just a hobby for us. We are swimmers, parents, grandparents, collegiate All-Americans, national champions, and Olympians. We believe every child and every adult should know how to swim for the safety of themselves and our community. In short, we’re not going anywhere—we love both the sport of swimming and the simple joy of teaching others to swim.
The Greater Boise Aquatic Centre will be able to host a variety of events of all sizes. The facility can be set up to host summer league and high school swim meets with less than 100 participants as well as larger USA Swimming local and regional swim meets that can host over 1000 participants and spectators. The facility will also be capable of hosting multiple water polo games at any given time. The facility can run multiple courses at the same time to ensure that we will be able to host any swim meets or water polo tournaments that USA Swimming and USA Water Polo have to offer.
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