As most of you are aware, the Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center District has appointed a committee to develop a long range plan (master capital improvement plan) for the facility. Public input is essential to the planning process. In the committee’s initial work, it was decided that a survey would help determine what the public wants and believes is needed for the facility now and for generations to come.
Committee members reached out to community, government and business leaders; service organizations; and publications, including the Anacortes American to explain the committee’s purpose and to encourage survey participation. A direct mailing campaign was also sent to 10,000 Fidalgo Island residents explaining how to access and participate in it.
The survey was conducted in the 31 day period from Monday, February 8, 2016 to Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Seven hundred and fifteen individuals responded. The major concerns of responders include updating current systems such as Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning unit, making the facility American with Disabilities Act compliant, renovating the locker rooms, adding warmer pools, and having family/privacy changing rooms.
Survey question results, including the comment section – “Are there any other items that you would like to see at Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center?” and clarifications on comment misinformation. Click on Survey Results 3_29_2016 to view.
The next step in the planning process is to have two workshops for the public and the committee to discuss the survey. These workshops will include a brief presentation on the results, a discussion period, a tour of the facility and an opportunity to offer comments. The workshop attendees will also be asked to use the pool within two weeks of the workshops without charge so they can report any other facility issues that need to be addressed.
The first public workshop on the Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center survey will be Saturday, April 16, 1- 3 pm and the second is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 5 – 7 pm in the pool’s conference room. A large piece of Butcher Block paper will be placed on a table for children to draw their thoughts about Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center. Light refreshments will be served. The District and its committee members encourage the public to attend. Any questions or comments may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: MCIP Committee, Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center, 1603 22nd Street, Anacortes, WA 98221.
Please attend and give us your input!
Marilyn Stadler, Executive Director