Proposed Recreation and Aquatic Center

The City of Wilsonville is proposing to build an indoor recreation and aquatic center to provide additional and more diverse recreational opportunities to improve the quality of life for community members. A capital bond measure for voters’ consideration is planned for the November 2016 ballot.

Wilsonville does not have a public recreational and aquatic center. Community members and school teams who seek a public pool for lessons and recreational or competitive swimming must travel to facilities in other cities. The proposed recreation and aquatics center will provide a new amenity for community members to use for swimming, exercise and related activities.
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The proposed recreation and aquatic center, to be used for both leisure and competitive activities, offers amenities for all community members, including:

  • Warm-water pool 

    suitable for water exercise activities and therapy classes for seniors and adults.

  • Multi-purpose room 

    for birthday parties, community meetings and other recreational gatherings.

  • An indoor 25-yard lap pool suitable for swim team practices, swim lessons, lap swimming and other aquatics programs.
  • A 6,000-square-foot leisure pool

    featuring an indoor water playground with slides and structures for kids of all ages.

  • Fitness center 

    with equipment, cardio machines and weights

  • Two multi-purpose fitness rooms for classes and programs such as dance, cross training, aerobics and more.
  • Two full-size hardwood multi-purpose courts for basketball, futsal, pickleball, volleyball and other indoor play.

  • An indoor walking track that is available year-round.

  • An indoor rock climbing wall for practice and strength-building.
  • A whirlpool spa to relax in after a swim or workout.

  • Short-term supervised on-site child care for parents 

    use while at the recreation and aquatic center.

  • Onsite food and beverage concessions 

    for snacks and meals.

  • On-site parking and separate family-changing rooms.


Facility Cost

The City will issue up to $35 million of general obligation bonds to pay for land acquisition, design, construction of the facility. If the bond measure is approved in November, a home with an assessed value of $300,000 would see a property tax increase of about $14.75 a month.


A specific site has not yet been secured; the plan is to locate the recreation and aquatic facility in the Wilsonville Town Center area.


The financial feasibility analysis from The Sports Facilities Advisory concluded a center could be operationally self-sustaining after a five-year start-up phase that includes City support of approximately $1.5 million in total spread over the five-year period. The feasibility study is available for review here.

Ballot Information

Funding for the proposed recreation and aquatic center is subject to passage of a general obligation capital bond for voter consideration in the November 2016 election identified as City of Wilsonville Measure 3-485. The bond proceeds would be used for land acquisition and subsequent design and construction of the facility. See the official Voters' Pamphlet for more information on City of Wilsonville Ballot Measure 3-485.


The City utilized a 14-member stakeholder task force to provide input to the consultant throughout the process. The stakeholder task force solicited community input and provided feedback to the consultant regarding services and amenities. City Council accepted the task force’s recommendation and adopted the feasibility study in December 2014.

Operation of the Recreation and Aquatic Center

In order to identify the most cost-effective and experienced operator for the facility, the City conducted a Request for Proposals (RFP) in March 2016. The City received four proposal and selected Sports Facilities Management (SFM) and Counsilman Hunsaker's joint proposal as the preferred operator. The partnership with Sports Facilities Management and Counsilman Hunsaker to operate the facility is subject to voter-approval of the capital bond measure and the successful negotiation of a final operator agreement with the City.

SFM is a Florida–based firm that specializes in managing and operating recreation and aquatic centers throughout the United States. SFM’s proposal also includes management services to be offered through a sub-contract with by Counsilman Hunsaker, a firm based in St Louis, Missouri that has extensive expertise in operating aquatic facilities throughout the United States.

Membership and User Fees

The feasibility study assumed specific membership rates; the exact cost of memberships is to be determined through negotiations with the operator. Wilsonville residents would pay lower rates for membership than non-residents. 

For More Information

Jon Gail, Community Relations Coordinator, 503-570-1502;