Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics  
January 2018
Volume 9 - Issue 1

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Our mission is to promote, facilitate and coordinate the sustainability and expansion of aquatic resources withing the Truckee Meadows




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Please enjoy this month's Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics Newsletter.  The correspondence is designed to keep you abreast of developments related to our organization's effort to promote, facilitate, and coordinate the sustainability and expansion of aquatic resources within the Truckee Meadows.  
City of Reno Needs To Hear From You!

E-Mail City Council  or provide Public Comment to  offer your support for a new Moana Pool

Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics, Inc. (SNCA) needs your assistance.

In their Wednesday, January 24th, 10 AM Meeting the Reno City Council will be considering a staff recommendation to make a commitment to moving the development of the Moana Springs Aquatics Complex forward.  ( Agenda Item J. 1).   

We would like your help in providing positive constructive comments reminding the Council Members that new aquatics centers are desperately needed in the Truckee Meadows and that there is a high level of support for a new Moana Pool. 
SNCA has identified potential donors to raise the vast majority of the capital to build the pool.  In order to successfully have the funds committed we need the assurance that the City of Reno wants the pool and will agree to operate it upon successful completion of a final capital campaign and construction.  Through this creative partnership the Citizens of Reno will receive a gift of brand new modern aquatic center.  Even when considering the ongoing cost to operate the facility 30 years into the future, the donated aquatic center would have a net positive value of approximately $9 Million dollars.  This truly is a win-win situation in which the City can restore a level of service they provided for decades (prior to the Moana closure) with a net positive financial impact to the Citizens.

Following are several ways in which you can make sure your support is heard:

E-mail the Reno City Council  to respectfully request that the Council provide supportive direction to staff to move forward on options to construct a pool and at Moana Springs Park and agree to operate the facility upon successful construction. 

Click below to open an addressed e-mail to the Mayor, Council, City Manager and Parks and Recreation Director or copy the addresses from the list below for use in your own e-mail client.;;;;;;;;

Alternatively you can access the  City of Reno Public Comment Form  online and provide your input supporting the City in taking the steps necessary to enable the redevelopment of the Moana Springs Pool they will be considering in Agenda Item J.1..

Finally, you can attend the Wednesday, January 24th City Council Meeting in person at City Hall to show your support or make public comment directly.  The meeting (and public comment) begin at 10AM and will be held in the 1st Floor Council Chambers in the City of Reno Building at One East First Street.

Please feel free to forward this information on to anyone that may have an interest in seeing the Moana Pool brought back to life!    
Be sure to Like SNCA on Facebook  Like us on Facebook and share this request with all your contacts who would benefit from a new Moana Pool.

Your continued support of the need for expanded aquatics facilities in the region is greatly appreciated.  Should you have any questions about how you can help e-mail us at or call 775-324-1278.  
 Facts About the Local Pool Situation

Why do we need a new pool?
  • Last new Reno pool (Northwest 1977 - Idlewild Rebuild 1984)
  • 1980-2018 population has increased 140%+
  • City of Reno available pool space has decreased 45%
  • Limited publicly accessible pools
  • No YMCA Pools
  • No year round Washoe County pool
  • Limited City of Sparks pools
  • No school district pools
  • No access to University pools
  • 2008 City of Reno/Walker Macy Parks and Recreational Facilitiies Study indicated aquatics as the highest priority need and stated a need to rebuild Moana and 2-3 additional pools to be on par with similar sized cities

Why a pool and not some other amenity/service?
  • Water Safety and Drowning
  • Drowning is 2nd leading cause of accidental death in children under 16
  • 10 Individuals a day drown in the U.S. (30% < age 14)
  • High rates of low/no swimming ability in lower income (79% - with family income < $50,000) and minority children (up to 64%) who do not have access to private lessons
  • 88% of drownings can be prevented via formal swim lessons
  • Local limited pool situation is resulting in decreased availability of publicly accessible swim lessons.
  • Lifespan Activity
  • 6 month old tot water safety classes to senior aquacize and rehabilitation classes
  • Ideal activity for many physically challenged or obese individuals
  • True public facility - accessible/affordable to all Citizens
    • Ballard King Operational Analysis projections
    • 30,000 potential aquatics users within 5 miles
    • 100,000 potential facility users within 5 miles
    • at 15% penetration rate anticipate 250,000 users/year (excludes event spectators)
  • Quality of Life
  • Expected service provided by City
  • Improved recreation and competition opportunities
  • Attractive to new residents/relocating businesses
  • Opportunity to host revenue generating sporting events
  • Swim Meets, Water Polo Tournaments, Diving Events
  • Carson City Visitors Bureau 2012 Economic Impact Study reported a single 3 day state swim meet resulted in nearly $900,000 of economic impact from visitors coming from greater than 100 miles

We hope you enjoyed the most recent news from Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics.  Please feel free to visit our website, join our  facebook page, or contact us directly for additional updates and information.
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Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics, Inc. is a 501(c)3. EIN# 26-2259705