AGE REQUIREMENT: Children under the age of 8 must be supervised by an adult. This includes all events (lessons, practices, meets, matches)
Klahaya Swim & Tennis Club was established in 1958 as a facility where families could gather to enjoy swimming, friendships, and other activities. We undertook a major remodel of the facilty in 2008.
Presently there are 240 families. We are open from the middle of May until the middle of September. We have a varied schedule offering a Swim Team, Tennis Team, Lessons, Open Swim, Adult Lap Swimming, an Adult Swim Team, and many social activities.
Shoreline Community Pool Design Open House
Good Morning Klahaya Members,
I hope you and your families had a fun and safe Thanksgiving.
I am reaching out regarding the City of Shoreline’s design efforts for the proposed new Shoreline Aquatics Center. It is in the conceptual phase and requires our community to provide input on the design criteria. The current design is a six-lane pool with no dive well. In efforts to ensure that the City of Shoreline and Shoreline School District partner and coordinate with each other to provide the smartest options for this community asset, an advocacy group has been created: FASST – Friends of Aquatics & Shoreline’s Swim Teams. FASST is composed of stakeholders from each of the area’s swim teams that will be directly impacted by the design of this new facility (including families and participants from Shorewood High School Swim and Dive Teams, Shorecrest High School Swim and Dive Teams, Cascade Swim Club, Innis Arden Swim Club, Klahaya Swim and Tennis Club, Aqua Club, Sheridan Beach Club and the YMCA Swim Team).
If the design of the new Shoreline Aquatic Center remains a six-lane pool with no dive well, the impact will limit options for our swim and dive community and could cause both Shorewood and Shorecrest High School Swim and Dive Teams to lose viable practice time and might impact their ability to maintain the current no-cut status of the programs.
As members and friends of the local swim community, we have a great chance to provide critical input on maintaining and maximizing resources that support our children’s swimming opportunities and those of future generations.
There is a public open house this Wednesday, November 28th 6:00-8:00 pm at the City of Shoreline City Hall in the Council Chamber to see concept designs and provide feedback. We hope that you are able to attend this meeting (wearing your Klahaya Gear) in support of this great cause.
If you are unable to attend we ask that you please take the time to share your feedback with the Shoreline Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Eric Friedli firstname.lastname@example.org (206) 801-2601.
Please take the time to read the most recent information from FASST below for more details and milestone dates. We are excited about the possiblility of a new community pool in Shoreline and urge you to take part in ensuring that your voice is heard during this critical design phase.
Swimmers: The Time For Action Is NOW!
If you care about the future of swimming and swim teams in our community, it is IMPERATIVE that you attend this Wednesday's meeting. Please wear swim gear from any of the pools with which you are associated.
Public Open House of Design Concepts: Wednesday, November 28th – 6:00-8:00
City Hall Council Chambers, 1st Floor of Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Avenue N
A brief presentation will begin at 6:15
Purpose is to share the current Aquatic Center concept designs.
At this time, swim community members who have written to the City Council are receiving responses that indicate the following:
The current version of the design does not include a diving well and only includes a six-lane pool.
The City encourages continued efforts to share any desire for a larger pool and additional amenities.
This means we all need to get involved, now! Time is limited to change the trajectory of this project, so our swim community needs to work together. Please attend on Wednesday!
We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create an amazing community asset and build a Shoreline Aquatic Center for the future. Let's Get it Right!
Below you will find a revised/updated version of the first FASST email, containing rationale/context, goals, and contact information for key decision-makers.
NOTE: FASST Meeting on Saturday, December 1st has been CANCELLED (see below).
Please take action, attend meetings, and send emails! You can make a difference!
Swim Community: We Need To Work Together!
As you may be aware, the City of Shoreline is exploring the construction of a new Shoreline Aquatics Center. The current Shoreline Pool is well on its way to extinction, and there is consensus within Shoreline’s Swim Community that a new facility is needed. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be consensus related to the vision and scope of the new Shoreline Aquatic Center, and the City may be headed in a direction that does not support competitive swim & dive teams or club swimming.
In addition, at this time it does not appear the Shoreline School District has indicated any willingness to partner with the City to either build on the current Shoreline Pool site (owned by the District, operated by the City) or a new site. Lack of cooperation and partnership will limit the options for our community, and in a worst-case scenario, could cause all four Shoreline School District Swim & Dive teams (Shorecrest Boys & Girls and Shorewood Boys & Girls) to lose viable pool time to support practices and maintain the current non-cut status of the programs.
A grassroots advocacy group has begun to form, with stakeholders from each of the area’s swim teams that might either feed into, or potentially use the new facility. We are working to connect families and participants from Shorewood’s and Shorecrest’s Boys and Girls Swim & Dive Teams, Cascade Swim Club, Innis Arden Swim Club, Klahaya Swim and Tennis Club, Aqua Club, Sheridan Beach Club, and the YMCA swim team.
We are calling our group “FASST – Friends of Aquatics & Shoreline’s Swim Teams”. Our goal is to influence the Shoreline School District and the City of Shoreline to think towards the future, in order to meet the needs of our growing and diverse community.
If you have not already done so, and you are interested in helping, please complete THIS FORM, so we can grow our swim community stakeholder list! We will use this information to design future, targeted actions, and grow our email list.
What else can you do?
As many of the following as possible:
Please Provide Your Comments:
When? Prior to AND After Wednesday's Open House.
You can submit a comment form HERE.
FASST Meeting: Saturday, December 1 – CANCELLED
Out of respect for everyone's time, we felt it was best to focus on urging continued communication, and urging swim community attendance at meetings of key decision-makers.
Shoreline School Board Meeting: Monday, December 3rd – 7:00pm
Shoreline School District Board Room, 18560 1st Avenue NE
Purpose is to share the importance of a School District and City partnership, and our vision of the facility our community needs.
What are we trying to accomplish?
Ultimately, we believe the Shoreline School District and City of Shoreline should work together to fund and build an eight-lane pool with a dive tank and robust viewing area. North King County deserves a facility that can comfortably host regional swim meets, maximize participation of year-round swimmers, support the non-cut swim & dive teams from both high schools, and attract an increasingly diverse population into the swim community. We are a nascent advocacy group, yet we are focused, ambitious, and ready to work together with anyone who believes our community deserves a great Community Aquatic Center!
We need your voice, and we all need to be focused! SPECIFICALLY, we need as many people as possible to join together in asking both the CITY and the SCHOOL DISTRICT for the following:
An eight-lane pool – to support large teams and efficient swim meets, plus increase potential for multi-use and increase lesson capacity
A dive tank – to support high school swim & dive teams, and allow as many student athletes as possible to participate in non-cut teams
A robust viewing area – to support the revenue potential that comes with the ability to host club swim meets
PLEASE CONTINUE TO COMMUNICATE WITH KEY DECISION-MAKERS!
By doing BOTH of the following:
PLEASE EMAIL or CALL City of Shoreline Parks Director Eric Friedli about the importance of including the 3 features above. He can be reached at: email@example.com or (206) 801-2601. Include your thoughts about the need for the City and School District to work together.
Already done it? DO IT AGAIN, sharing your feedback after Wednesday night's meeting.
PLEASE FORWARD this email to anyone you know in the Shoreline Swim Community. Spread the word! Ask everyone you know who cares about this issue to add themselves to our email list by FILLING OUT THE FORM, and to attend meetings and send emails to decision-makers!
Why is the dive tank important?
High school swimming is one of the few non-cut sports that any student can join, including beginning swimmers, which allows students from all backgrounds to participate in a sport during their high school career. Diving is an integral part of Washington State high school swimming, with dive scores adding to total team points. Both Shorewood and Shorecrest have dive team members that contribute to the success of the high school swim teams. Without a dive tank, i.e., if a pool is not deep enough for diving, the school swim and dive teams are incomplete. Think, for example, of a football team without special teams. Also, even if an appropriate 12’ depth is included in a six-lane design, that means only four lanes are available for practice, turning the team into a cut sport. This would be tragic.
Why are eight lanes so important?
Our swim community continues to grow. A six-lane pool provides limited space for swim meets, and does not allow for program growth in the way our community can support, especially with the arrival of light rail. Currently, for example, when Cascade Swim Club hosts swim meets at the six-lane Madison Pool, the meets run all day long, i.e., from early in the morning to late in the evening. The capacity to run a faster, more efficient swim meet provides an incentive for such meets to be hosted at the new Shoreline Aquatic Center. Indeed, a six-lane pool actually reduces the overall capacity of the pool, given that the new facility will not have a bulkhead like the current Shoreline pool. (Make no mistake, no-one wants a bulkhead – this is not the solution!)
Why is a robust viewing area so important?
We need to be able to attract regional level swim meets to the new facility, thus raising revenue potential. Thus, we must have viewing capacity. High school swim meets also need viewing capacity, as they host parents and families from multiple participating teams. Currently there is no facility in the area that provides adequate viewing capacity. The viewing area at Madison Pool fills by 6:00-7:00am on swim meet days, and the deck is completely and dangerously filled with swimmers and families. Again, the capacity to run a more viewer-friendly, efficient swim meet provides an incentive for such meets to be hosted at the Shoreline Aquatic Center.
Where: Will start up top at the Old Woodway courts
Needs: A gas leaf blower, brooms, shovels (2), hammers (2) & round-up weed killer (3)
Hello Klahaya families,
It’s time to prep our courts for summer youth and adult play. Specifically we need assistance with putting up our canopies outside the lower courts and cleaning up the courts up top (Old Woodway).
Please check out the following link to sign up. We need 6 people from 8:30 - 10:30. We will start up top and finish below. We need the following supplies for the job: a gas leaf blower (the club has one, but we need an additional one), brooms, shovels (2), and hammers (2), weed killer.
We're using SignUp.com (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.
Pre-Season Adult Hits/Drop-in Tennis
Adult Tennis Kick-Off Potluck/BBQ - Monday, June 25th
New Tuesday Doubles
Adult Clinic Dates
KLA vs. Innis Arden - doubles matches & potluck - date TBD
After this beautiful May, we can think of nothing better than hitting the Klahaya courts with friends. While the official adult season begins with doubles on Monday, June 25th at 6:00PM and runs through August 13th, please come out for some informal games on Monday, June 18th.
To kick off the official start of the adult tennis season, we will be having a pot-luck/bbq immediately following doubles play on Monday, June 25th. If it rains, we will just push the event to the following Monday. A reminder will be sent out the week before the event.
Because of the popularity of Monday hits, we are adding a few additional evenings where adults can take over the courts. If you did not get your fill on Monday, please drop in on the following Tuesdays: July 3rd, 17th and 31st and August 7th. These are all non-home swim meet evenings. Parking will be readily available. There will not be a instructors present during these Tuesdays, but we are confident that everyone can sort themselves onto the courts.
Fitness tennis begins Wednesday, June 27th and runs through August 15th from 7:00PM - 8:00PM. All skill levels/abilities welcome. Prepare to get your sweat on while honing basic tennis skills. If you haven’t tried fitness tennis yet, you must. If you have come out before, you are already addicted!
Adult clinics will be held July 2nd, 16th and 30th from 5:00PM - 6:00PM. There will be a sign up sheet in the KLA lobby. The cost of this class is $10/person. Drop-ins welcome as long as class size hasn’t exceeded 18. This is a terrific (an inexpensive) way to build your tennis skill-set.
Our adult match against Innis Arden was such a hit last year that we will be repeating it this year. The specifics are still being finalized. Will send an update as soon event details are confirmed.
Looking forward to a great Klahaya tennis season. Please feel free to contact Jennifer Combs with any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring is here, and it is time to mark your calendars. This year you will find all of the club activities posted on the Klahaya website. We are encouraging members to rely on the website for the most accurate information on swim team, tennis team, and other Klahaya activities. Please check out the Calendar tab to begin planning your spring and summer calendar now! For more information, stay tuned for the 2018 Klahaya Newsletter.