Vision

The Woodland Aquatic Project seeks to build a state-of-the-art, community-centric Aquatic Center within the city limits of Woodland Park to deliver a variety of recreational and wellness activities, and aquatic instructional, competitive, and safety programs. We hope to integrate the power of the Colorado sun with inviting outdoor deck space and utilize solar heating for the pool building and water. Please understand, however, that while the Woodland Aquatic Project is the catalyst behind this vision, the collective desire of the citizens of Woodland Park and the availability of finances will ultimately determine the final design.

Neighboring Facilities
We expect to draw on the achievements of facilities that grace our neighboring Colorado mountain towns including Breckenridge, Winter Park, Gunnison, Silverthorne, and Fairplay. Take a moment to explore specifically the aquatic center aspect of the facilities below to become familiar with aquatic center designs and layouts and to develop your own vision of an aquatic center.

Breckenridge Rec Center

  • Variety of swim programs including lessons, training, swim team, and wellness
  • Comprehensive recreational facility and year-round programs

Grand Park Community Rec Center

  • Leisure pool and 4-lane competition pool
  • Lazy river

Gunnison Rec Center

  • 6-lane competition pool and warm water leisure pool
  • Solar heating for water and variable-speed circulation system for energy savings

Silverthorne Rec Center

  • 4 bodies of water including kiddie pool and 4-lane lap pool
  • 3 slides

South Park Rec Center

  • Cost saving design
  • Utilizes renewable energy for water and air heating

Why Not a Complete Rec Center?

One of the questions we are sometimes asked is “Why an aquatic center, but not a complete recreation center?” In keeping with our mission, the Woodland Aquatic Project’s response is…

  • Recreation Centers are typically subsidized by tax revenue and, while the Woodland Aquatic Project expects to build and operate this new facility within the existing city tax revenue; the Aquatic Center will require no increase in taxes.
  • The results of previous community surveys have shown that, although many residents of Woodland Park desire a full recreation center, the majority of residents strongest desire is for a year-round swimming facility.  It’s important to note that the site selection and our design ensure that future expansion can occur.

For more detail on the proposed size and scope of the Woodland Aquatic Project, please visit our Size and Scope page.

Conclusion
Unlike some of the towns mentioned above, Woodland Park is not a ski town, nor will we ever be one. We are a family-friendly community with a rich history, surrounded by vast natural beauty. While we are close to big city services in Colorado Springs, we are even closer to the splendor of nature with Pikes Peak, the Pike National Forest, Rampart Reservoir, Lost Creek Wilderness, Mueller State Park, the Upper South Platte River, 11-Mile Canyon, and the list goes on… Clearly we are blessed with magnificent outdoor recreational activities, parks, trails, and open space, but we lack an indoor aquatic facility. Will you join the conversation and help us build a collective vision for the Woodland Aquatic Project?

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