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November 2003 Waukesha South Competition Pool A Collaborative Proposal for Wisconsin Swimming, Inc. Executive Summary

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executive summary
Executive Summary
  • Competitive swimming facilities in Wisconsin are aging and safety standards are becoming increasingly stringent. These factors threaten to make many existing competitive pools obsolete.
  • Participation in competitive swimming and diving is rapidly growing and current demand exceeds the capabilities of existing public facilities.
  • The Waukesha School District and the Waukesha Express Swim Team have seized a unique opportunity to expand an “as-is” replacement of the Waukesha South High School pool into a quality competitive swimming venue.
  • Waukesha Express is working to raise in excess of $1 million to supplement approved School District funding of the facility.
  • Wisconsin Swimming, Inc. can participate in this campaign and invest in the growth of competitive swimming, while receiving financial benefits from that investment.

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area competitive facilities
Area Competitive Facilities

The number and availability of quality competitive venues will present challenges as the popularity of swimming continues to grow

  • Only a handful of pools in the state have the facilities and seating capacity to host large meets like the State Championships
    • UW-Natatorium, Schroeder, Carthage
  • These facilities, while outstanding, can present some challenges
    • Availability, age, location, parking, hotel space, seating, etc.
  • Adding a venue where quality meets could be held will provide a boost to swimming in the state
    • Across the state, city and school district budgets are stretched, and significant capital expenditures will be rare
    • We must maximize the impact of those rare opportunities

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waukesha south pool
Waukesha South Pool

There is a clear and immediate need to replace the South High School Pool.

  • The pool at Waukesha South High School is 43 years old, and well past its expected life
    • Condition of pool and equipment is deteriorating, and the pool is extremely costly to maintain
    • Scheduled for replacement starting in March ‘04 based on approved 2001 city-wide referendum
  • Despite its condition, the South Pool is the center of competitive swimming of Waukesha
    • Offers larger capacity spectator seating than other Waukesha pools, although many seats are obstructed view
    • Serves as the home meet pool for Waukesha Express Swim Team
  • Current plans call for a simple “as-is” replacement of the pool
    • Referendum, while obviously welcome, provides limited funding of approximately $1.3 million
    • Funding covers a six lane, twenty-five yard pool with limited deck space and a minimum of spectator seating

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enhancing the south competition pool
Enhancing the South Competition Pool

An “as-is” replacement of the South pool would not address existing shortcomings as a competitive venue, and a golden opportunity would be missed.

  • Money is being raised to enhance the “as-is” replacement
    • Expanded to a ten lane, twenty-five yard by twenty-five meter pool
    • Combined spectator and deck seating capacity approaching two thousand people
    • Moveable bulkhead
    • Upgraded timing system and scoreboard
    • Remodeled locker room and storage space
    • Mechanicals, climate control and infrastructure

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collaborative funding approach
Collaborative Funding Approach

A coalition of local government and private groups and individuals is teaming to financially support the proposal.

  • Allocated $1.3 million from 2001 referendum for South pool replacement.
  • Raising in excess of $1 million to enhance School District replacement plans
  • Wisconsin Swimming, Inc. can be a valued member of the team

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benefits for wisconsin swimming inc
Benefits for Wisconsin Swimming, Inc.

Wisconsin Swimming, Inc. will realize a significant return on any investment.

  • An additional quality competitive venue provides room for growth of the sport, and flexibility in scheduling major events
  • Preferential scheduling of Wisconsin Swimming, Inc. meets and swim camps
  • An additional quality venue that any swim club can rent to host meets
  • For a donation of $25,000
    • The Waukesha School District and Waukesha Express will waive facility and rental fees for two meets a year for two years. We will waive additional rental fees for larger donations
    • Wisconsin Swimming, Inc. is entitled to highly visible and permanent naming recognition over one of the ten swim lanes and on a memorial plaque in the facility
  • We will be able to configure the pool for eight lanes of racing and two lanes for warm-up/warm-down in the same building, without having to charge additional facility rental fees
  • We anticipate that in buying new timing equipment, we will negotiate a number of free, on-site support days from the vendor. We will work to schedule these days during the LSC meets, thereby passing that benefit on to Wisconsin Swimming, Inc.

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we would like to count on your support
We Would Like to Count on Your Support
  • Donations are tax deductible through the Waukesha County Community Foundation
  • Pledges can be made in annual payments up to five years and the first installment can be deferred to early 2004
  • If the facility is not built as described (ten lanes, seating approaching 2000, etc.), then any donation commitments by Wisconsin Swimming, Inc. are not binding
  • Questions?

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