Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Operating Hours?

Subject to change

  • Sunday 11:00AM – 6:00PM
  • Monday to Friday 5:30AM – 8:00PM
  • Saturday 7:00AM – 6:00PM

Holiday’s

  • New Year’s Eve: Normal hours to 3:00 PM
  • New Year’s Day: CLOSED
  • Easter Sunday: CLOSED
  • Memorial Day: 5:30AM – 5:00PM
  • Independence Day: 12:00 – 7:00PM
  • Labor Day: 5:30AM – 5:00PM
  • Thanksgiving Day: CLOSED
  • Christmas Eve: Normal hours – 3:00PM
  • Christmas: CLOSED
What is included in the facility?

The key aquatics center amenities include two major bodies of water: a six lane lap/competitive pool and a leisure/play pool.

How big is the facility?

The current schematic design is 26,052 square feet.

What programs will the aquatic center support?

Many: Competitive swim meets, youth swimming instruction, adult swimming instruction, lifeguard training, water aerobics, lazy river warm water therapy, water slide, scuba training, water polo & water volleyball, kayak training, paddle boarding, aqua recovery, underwater hockey.

The Aquatics Center is close to the high school, is this a school facility?

No. This facility will be owned and operated by the city of Woodland Park.  The current design includes separate parking with it’s own entrance to Baldwin. The facility entrance faces away from the high school and the building facade will also clearly differentiate the Aquatic Center from nearby schools.

School instructional and swim team use have always been part of the operations concept that will be scheduled in with programming tailored for seniors, recreational, therapeutic and instructional use.

Per the Intergovernmental Agreement, the school does not have any access to the cabana changing rooms, or the leisure pool.  What guaranteed use they do have is only while the school is in session (half the year) for about 5 hours a day (a third of the daily operating hours).

What are the terms of use with the school district?

The city is in the process of negotiating a  school district. The full draft contract can be read here, the summary is below.

  • The city gets:
    • the land the Aquatic Center will be built on
    • Use of the bus turnaround when school is not in session
    • 25% of gate revenues from every High School swim meet
  • For Physical Education classes the school gets:
    • 3 of the 6 competitive pool lanes M-F for 2 periods per day
    • 6 of the 6 competitive pool lanes M-F for 1 period per day
  • For Swim meets (expect 2-8 per year), the school gets
    • 6 of 6 competitive pool lanes
    • 2 of 2 of the warm water lap lanes (for competitors to warm up)
    • The men’s and women’s locker rooms during the meet
    • The aquatic center parking lot
  • For swim team practice (season length is limited by CHSAA to about 3 months, but men’s and women’s seasons are at different times), the school gets:
    • 2-4 of the 6 competitive pool lanes
    • Shared use of the men’s and women’s locker rooms

For perspective:

  • In the current design, there are 2 major bodies of water: a 6 lane competitive pool and a warm water leisure pool that includes a lazy river, 2 warm water lap lanes, a play area, and a zero entry. The school PE classes and swim team practice will only impact the competitive pool.
  • There will be a physical barrier between the two major pools for both acoustic and air management purposes.
  • Right now, there is no high school swim team and it may take years to develop the interest and talent to field a team
  • Currently RE-2 is in session 165 days per year, while the Aquatic Center feasibility study forecasts 360 days of operation for the Center – open 103 hours per week.
  • Of the available 31,000 lane hours per year in the competitive pool, the PE classes will use 1,980 hours or 6.4% of the available lane time.
  • The school PE classes will use none of the available time in the leisure pool.
  • High school swim meets typically start at 4PM
    • During meets public will be able to use the leisure pool (except the 2 warm water lap lanes), and all of the cabana lockers during meets, parking will probably be limited.

It will be the responsibility of the Aquatics Director to schedule pool time among all Aquatics Center users (lessons, therapy, water aerobics, open swim, etc.), and to readjust with demand.

Who will operate the facility?

This has yet to be decided. Similar mountain communities self-operate their recreation facilities. Colorado Springs has found cost savings by contracting with private pool operators to operate and maintain their facilities. We have heard repeatedly the importance of a good aquatic director an enthusiastic staff to manage schedules, develop programming and generate community enthusiasm.

What will it cost to use the facility?

Usage fees have not been set. However, Ballard*King used the following membership schedule to estimate cost recovery in their feasibility study:

Category Daily Annual Monthly Cost
Adult $7.00 $300 $25.00
Youth $5.00 $180 $15.00
Senior $6.00 $240 $20.00
Family NA $600 $50.00

Rates will be similar to those of other area pools, for reference Manitou pool rates can be found here

Will non City of Woodland Park residents be able to use the facility?

Absolutely!

Can the facility be used for competitive swimming?

Yes. We expect the facility to host both club and high school competitive programs.

Will the high school have a swim team?

The facility will support this. Ultimately, this is a school board decision but the current school board is extremely supportive.

When will the facility be open?

The city wide Grand Opening is set for 29 October 2017!

Is there room for future expansion?

Yes, the architects have made sure the facility on the Baldwin site can support expansion to include a full size gymnasium, an indoor walking/running track, two racquetball courts and studio space.