In 2009, the 40 year “Forward Thrust” levy expired and eight pools in King County were returned to their public owners to manage. For some pools in King County, that meant closure (4 pools closed). This was true as well for the Evergreen Pool. It was contractually returned to the Highline School Association (HSA) in September, 2009 and was promptly closed because of the inability of the school district to afford its operation.
In March, 2010, the Whitewater Aquatics Management LLC (WWAM), a non-profit group of local business leaders and community volunteers, signed a lease agreement with HSA and King County to manage the Evergreen Community Aquatic Center. This public/private partnership sought to maintain a community swimming pool and its swim programs in order benefit the community of White Center.
In the past 12 years, WWAM has continued to offer the same programs and lessons opportunity as was previously offered by the pool when King County financed the pool operation, including affordable swim lessons to the low income, and a venue for groups to conduct swim practices, swim meets, exercise classes and social gatherings.
With water surrounding the Seattle area our mission to provide water related education, training, and competition in a healthy and safe environment, regardless of age, ability, or financial status remains at the heart of all our programs.
The pool represents a nurturing, safe place where our young children, teenagers and their families know that being healthy and remaining safe in the water are the primary messages. With the crises of opiates addiction and homelessness, this pool represents hope to our pool users and community members.
We are always looking for volunteers to help with our programming. We have many volunteer opportunities for everyone to participate in. For inquiries please email Nicole Nikula-Lamsen (Aquatic Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitewater Aquatics Management believes that swimming is a vital skill that everyone should learn, and we need your help to fund our program for this next year. Our goal is to raise $50,000 for our scholarship program. This year we taught over 500 low-income students how to swim. This was made possible through our scholarship program.
Will you consider making a contribution that will have an impact on the lives of many children? Your generosity will ensure that we can continue our mission and teach this life-saving skill for years to come.