Wallowa Valley Aquatic Center Study

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Results from the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment show that many residents in Wallowa County are concerned about the lack of fitness facilities, specifically a pool, available to the residents of Wallowa County. Wallowa County has not had a public pool since 2001. At the same time, numerous bodies of water surround the community, making water safety a necessity. The most recent census shows that the two fastest-growing populations are adults over 65 and children under 17.

The Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness and Wallowa Memorial Hospital have engaged BallardKing & Associates to complete a feasibility study for an aquatic Center. BallardKing is a facility planning firm based out of Denver, CO. We invite you to participate in this study by completing a survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WAACS 

The results from this survey, combined with other forms of public input, and a detailed market assessment will be used to recommend facility components.

Our goal as community healthcare partners is to contribute to the health, wellness, and safety of our community and future generations through a welcoming, fun, safe, and affordable aquatic activities by building an indoor community aquatic center.

It is essential to understand that this is an opportunity to provide feedback and dream about what an indoor aquatic facility could include. We want to create an efficient facility that meets our community's needs. It is also crucial to understand the financial willingness of our community to create a facility that will be sustainable for many generations to come.

Please let us know what is important to you by taking this brief, confidential survey! We appreciate your input and participation!

Take the Survey

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much money is the facility going to cost?
That has not been determined yet. The survey is a tool to help us confirm what should be included in the facility so that we can then have a cost estimate developed.

2. How long will the feasibility study take?
The study should be completed in February 2023.

3. Once the study is complete how long before the facility is built?
This is a difficult question to answer. After funding has been secured, which will be a multi-year process, it is an approximate 2-year process where an architect is hired, the building is designed, permits are issued, and the facility is constructed.

4. Will I have to pay to use the facility?
Yes, and there will be options. The options are a daily admission fee or a monthly (annual) fee.

5. Is it normal to have to pay to use a facility like this?
It can vary depending on location and tax base, but it is more common than not to have to pay to use facilities like this.

6. Will I have to be a member of the facility to participate in programs?
No. Membership will not be required for program participation.

7. How much will potential programs cost?
We haven’t yet developed a fee structure for the programs that will take place in the building.

8. Are these types of facilities common?
They are more common than uncommon.

9. Will we be able to see the results of the survey once it is complete?
The survey results, at minimum an executive summary, will be available in the completed feasibility study.

10. Will the pools be heated?
Yes.

11. What will be in the facility?
That’s the purpose of the survey. The list of components that are in the survey is built from previous public input that has been received. Your responses to the survey will help determine what is included.

`12. What will be in the facility?
That’s the purpose of the survey. The list of components that are in the survey is built from previous public input that has been received. Your responses to the survey will help determine what is included.

 

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