Has Sierra Nevada Community Aquatic (SNCA) tried to partner with or garner land from any other governmental or private groups other than the City of Reno?

SNCA has met with the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County and several private parties in relation to potential locations for an aquatic center. While there is ultimately a need for more than one aquatic center in the region, SNCA has focused on the Moana site due its renewable energy resourses (geothermal & solar), central and accesible location, and the coordination with other recreational features. SNCA has been granted an option by the City of Reno to enter into a long term, nominal fee land lease for the land required to build an aquatic center in this outstanding central location.


Where does SNCA stand with securing a major donor for a new aquatics facility?

SNCA has met with a number of major donors, gone over business plans and expressed the desperate need for aquatics facilities in our region.  Nearly all potential funders agree that there is a need and an aquatic center would be wonderful addition to the community.  Many have expressed an interest in supporting the effort once all the specifics are determined.  At this point SNCA has secured a potential funder that is assisting with the expenses of the due diligence studies and preliminary design and operational studies that will be required to finalize budgets and secure all of the funding. 


Is there any ongoing desire to expand the scope of aquatics and therefore increase support? Examples would be diving, water polo and kayaking.

It is SNCA’s goal to include all aquatic users. We want to see everyone involved and see that all types of groups and individuals are able to benefit from a facility. We do not want to limit our scope to competitive swimming, as there are so many other types of aquatic sports and recreational uses. SNCA would like to invite all users to participate and to help us reach of goal of creating and maintaining facilities that cater to all types of needs, from swimming, diving and kayaking to swim classes, lessons and water therapy. Our dream facility is a diverse facility that contains multiple pools for multiple uses. If you are interested in participating and/or feel that you have a unique view or input, please contact us! We want to make sure that all aquatic users feel they are represented.


Why don’t we just put a bubble over Idlewild Pool or better yet enclose the pool in a new structure?


The cost of a bubble would in fact be fairly reasonable and SNCA has considered this as an option. When we explored this option, we ran into the following challenges:


·         There are fairly significant and costly improvements that would need to be made to the facility and deck in order to make the enclosure work. 


·         The current locker rooms are not designed with year round operation in mind and would need to be upgraded if used throughout the winter. Swimmers would also have to walk from the locker rooms outside and then enter the seasonal bubble.


·         The primary population served by this solution would be the competitive groups as there would be little motivation for other users to visit the facility given the challenges noted above.


·         The operations would be costly and the pool is already an operational loss for the City. They would currently be unable to accept even greater losses that would be created with year round operations.


Some of these challenges could be overcome with the construction of a permanent structure over the pool, however our investigation found issues with this scenario as well.


There is significant concern with spending millions of dollars constructing a building around a pool that was rebuilt in the 1980’s and has a significant amount of deferred maintenance. When the cost of correcting the deferred maintenance and programming issues are considered, the cost is nearly the same as starting from scratch with a new facility. It would be preferable to invest any funds raised toward the effort to construct a new facility which would still leave Idlewild as a viable seasonal pool.


I noticed that a plan shown on the website contained multiple pools – wouldn’t it be a lot easier and less expensive to build a single pool?


While the costs of a single pool would certainly be less than the multi-pool complex proposed, there are a number of reasons we have designed the complex to incorporate multiple bodies of water. 


We have attended several workshops, and read numerous publications related to modern pool facility design and operations. The consistent message is that the key to successful operations of an aquatic facility is the programming that can be handled by the facility. While it is possible to operate a small single purpose facility for a specific purpose (i.e. swim school or therapy pool) the key to successful operation of a community pool is the ability to run multiple types of programming at the same time. 


The wide variety of aquatic users have varied needs in features, entrances, depths, and temperature that are only met with multiple pools. Our current design was scaled back to what was felt to be the minimal amount of space and pools required to meet the many demands of the community’s aquatic user groups.  




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