Pool & Sauna
The pool remains available for student-only swims Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 pm and Sundays 6:30-8:30 pm. All community open/lap swimming remains suspended until further notice.
You can enjoy a relaxing sauna whenever the CRC is open. We have two dry saunas, one each inside the men’s and women’s locker rooms. These spacious rooms feature cedar benches and two-level seating.
Rules for the Saunas
- Do not spend more than twenty minutes in the sauna.
- Do not bring herbs or electronics in.
- Do not use the sauna if you are ill.
- No one under 18 is allowed to use the sauna.
Evergreen Aquatics Updates
(December 2019) College leadership is in the process of assessing how to proceed with approaching work that is critical to maintaining a safely operating swimming pool. Current operations remain in effect until further notice.
The Aquatics Review Report is available as a PDF for viewing.
(September 2019) The Aquatics Report is currently being finalized and it will be presented to the Evergreen Senior Leadership Team on November 12. As per the original suspension plan, community swimming is not scheduled or expected to re-open before early 2020. Student-only swims will be offered again during the fall quarter on Wednesday night from 7:30-9:30 pm and Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 pm.
(Summer 2019) With 780 total responses to the online survey, the Aquatics Steering Committee and CRC staff have been compiling response data, reading feedback, and assembling the final report for campus leadership. It is expected to be presented to the senior leadership group in October. Student-only swims will be offered again during the fall quarter on Wednesday night from 7:30-9:30 pm and Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Aggregate survey results will be available for viewing soon.
(May 8, 2019) During the months of March and April, the Aquatics Steering Committee conducted three open forums consisting of students, faculty, staff, and community members. Information and feedback was gathered regarding suggested changes to past operations, ideas for new programs, identification of opportunities, and more. For the results of these forums, you can view the Aquatics Forums Feedback Results Theme and Frequency Summary (PDF).
Whether you attended one of the forums or not, we still want to hear your voice to help shape the future of aquatics at Evergreen. Stay posted for a survey being released in mid-May.
(April 17, 2019)
Student programming now available two nights per week! As announced during the pool suspension, the CRC staff have been working to identify a path to continue offering safe student programming, within the current limitations of insufficient supervisory support. Beginning April 17, current Evergreen students with ID are able to use the pool during the following times:
Wednesdays from 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Saturdays from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
(March 8, 2019) The CRC staff is eager to share the following updates about progress in the work to evaluate opportunities for a sustainable Aquatics Program and notify you of important dates to provide feedback.
Following the announcement of the suspension of open lap swimming at the Evergreen pool in January, members of the CRC staff met with students at the January 23 Geoduck Student Union (GSU) Assembly meeting. The purpose of this was to gather feedback regarding the types of programming students would like available during this period of suspended open lap swimming. Based upon feedback received, we are currently working to confirm the feasibility, and schedule for the following student programs: Lap swimming, Safe Swim/Gym, Movie Nights, and additional dance and yoga classes. We anticipate that some or all of these will begin Spring Quarter.
An Aquatics Steering Committee, comprised of four students, four staff, and one faculty member, has been identified and held the first meeting to develop recommendations for a sustainable aquatics program at Evergreen. This work is expected to take place between March and July, 2019, and include:
- A review of the history and recent user data
- Stakeholder feedback
- Evaluation and analysis of feedback
- Technical Consultant assessment/advice
- Recommendations for consideration
The full Aquatics Steering Committee Charge (PDF) is also available.
Upcoming Opportunities: Have Your Voice Heard
In order for the steering committee’s recommendations to be informed by student, faculty, staff, and community interest, there are two phases of input-gathering planned: forums and surveys.
Forums: Have an opinion? We want to listen. Attending a forum is the first way to have your voice heard regarding the future of aquatics are Evergreen.
- Forum 1: Community/Patron Forum - Wednesday, March 20, 6-8 pm, Sem II C1105
- Forum 2: Faculty/Staff Forum - Monday, April 8, 3-5 pm, Sem II C1105*
- Forum 3: Student Forum - Wednesday, April 10, 5-7 pm, Sem II C1105*
*Original timeline had Student, Faculty, and Staff forums in mid-March, aiming to seek student input first. Forum timing was adjusted based on feedback from students, faculty, and staff in order to maximize opportunity for broad participation
Surveys: In addition to in-person forums, opportunities for input will also be available through surveys during mid-May.
The Aquatics Steering Committee needs to hear from a broad representation of students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Patrons. We hope that you will share your opinions and ideas through one or both of these opportunities.
Open Swim Suspension
The CRC will have reduced pool hours through December 2019. Open and lap swimming will not be available for drop-in use during this time.
Evergreen student programs, local school programs, and rentals will continue. The CRC, including the sauna, will continue to operate as usual.
The Evergreen Swim Club will continue to offer a Master Swim Program, from 5:30 am to 7:30 am, for those who want to use our pool through this contracted program.
The scaled back operations will not impact new and contracted rentals, or our summer camp programming.
Reason for the Reduction in Pool Hours
The CRC lacks the capacity to operate the pool in a sustainable manner. We have decided to pause the operation now and assess what we need to do to best serve the needs of the Evergreen community.
Future of the Pool
An Aquatics Program Development working group will identify options for a robust aquatics program that meets the needs of our students, community members, partner organizations, and campus renewal.
During the evaluation and planning process, we will seek input from a wide range of campus and community stakeholders. Updates as this work progresses will be posted at the top of this page.
If you would like additional information, please contact Ray Finn, Assistant Director of Recreation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 867-6528.