Ribbon Cutting, Free Swim At Evergreen Community Aquatics Center Saturday

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This Saturday (May 1) at 10:30am, King County Executive Dow Constantine, along with Burien Mayor Joan McGilton and Keith Coole of the Highline School District, will join Ed Marrs, president of White Water Aquatics LLC for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at White Center’s Evergreen Community Aquatics Center.

This celebration will be followed by a free family swim for the entire community (including Burienites!).

White Water Aquatics, along with dozens of citizens of White Center, have worked countless hours to re-open The Evergreen Commuinty Aquatics Center since it was closed by King County due to budget shortfalls last August (read our previous coverage here). Everyone is invited to this celebration and the subsequent “free swim” afterward.

“Special emphasis is being placed on developing programs which provide swimming instruction to disadvantaged communities, special needs populations and senior citizens – as well as dedicated access for lap swimmers and family swim time”, said Joel Schweiger, recently named general manager of Evergreen, and head coach for White Water Aquatics.

Last month, officials of White Water Aquatics Management, LLC, a not-for-profit subsidiary of an area swim team, announced an agreement to re-open the pool for the community at large. The parents of children who compete on the Whitewater Aquatics Swim Team have worked with The Highline School District and King County to develop an operating agreement over the last year. Private donations were raised by White Water Aquatics families and friends.

“Swimming and water recreation offer lifelong health and safety benefits, and we are happy to again offer the important benefits of swimming to White Center, our community”, said Ed Marrs, president of Whitewater Aquatics, and a professional firefighter in The North Highline Fire District. “Our unique public-private partnership is an example of how citizens can mobilize and assist government in challenging times”, he continued.

About Evergreen Community Aquatic Center
The Evergreen Community Aquatic Center, formerly Evergreen Pool, is located at 606 SW 116th Street in Unincorporated King County. Built as one of the forward thrust bond issue pools in the 1960’s, it was operated by King County. In January, ownership of the pool reverted to The Highline School District, which did not have the funding to re-open the pool. The pool is adjacent to the Burien annexation area but will remain in Unincorporated King County.

About Whitewater Swim Club
Whitewater Swim Team Club is a not-for-profit swim club which is governed by a parent board of directors, and coached by professionals. Sanctioned by USA Swimming, which governs the sport to the Olympic level, the club has over 80 youth’s age 7-21 training competitively. The swim club is open to all.

For more information, visit the pool’s website here; to download a schedule, click here (PDF file).

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