Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics  
October 2018
Volume 9 - Issue 4

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SNCA Mission 

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!

Please take a few moments to provide  Public Comment  offering your support for Moana Pool before Wednesday (10/24) Council Meeting

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

In their Wednesday, October 24th, meeting the Reno City Council will be considering a staff recommendation to make the next commitment required  to move the development of the Moana Springs Aquatics Complex forward.  (Agenda Item J. 2) .   

Following City Council approval to move forward early this year, SNCA and City of Reno Staff have been working in partnership to address several questions that were raised.  On Wednesday, City Staff and Darin Barr of Ballard King & Associates, a recreational facilities feasibility firm, will be providing projected operational impact of the recommended regional aquatic facility.  Ballard King has completed a comprehensive study of the region and its needs looking at a several different pool options.  They will be making a suggestion to move forward with the project plan that best addresses the community needs when considering operational efficiency, economic impact, and feasibility to construct.  

Additionally, Council will be presented with the potential impact of the addition of both geothermal and solar resources to the development.   Extensive study of the existing geothermal resource has been completed indicating that significant operating savings are achievable with the use of a geothermal heat exchanger system.  Similarly, calculations of the system cost and electrical savings of a solar array have been prepared.  

When use of the available natural resources is combined with the updated usage projections prepared by Ballard King the result is a facitlity that will deliver an extremely high cost recovery rate and an operating cost in line with what was provided for years at the old Moana Pool.

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.  

Please take a few minutes today or tomorrow to provide your thoughts to the Council by one of the following means:

E-mail the Reno City Council  to respectfully request that the Council offer their support for the formal grant funding requests to move the proposed Moana Springs Aquatic Center plans forward.

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.2..

Finally, you can attend the Wednesday, October 24th City Council Meeting in person at City Hall to show your support.  The item will be heard sometime after 1PM 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