North Bend community pool on ballot this November

Si View Parks district is seeking approval of a property tax measure for a new pool in North Bend

The Si View Metropolitan Parks District is hoping the third time will be the charm in its attempt to fund a new community pool.

On Wednesday, The park district’s board of commissioners sent a capital bond measure to the November General Election Ballot. If approved, the measure would raise funds to build a new pool in North Bend.

This will be the district’s third attempt since 2020 to fund a replacement for its current pool at Si View Park. District officials have stressed for years the undersized and decaying pool built in 1938 desperately needs a replacement.

Over the pools 85-year lifespan, the district’s population has grown from about 600 residents to roughly 17,000, according to Si View estimates.

“The facility we’re running is not sustainable and, at some point, it’s going to become too inefficient to keep running,” Commissioner Mark Joselyn told the Valley Record last year.

A representative for Si View could not immediately be reached for comment.

Two prior pool-funding ballot measures in 2020 and 2022 both won support from a majority of voters – receiving 56% and 57% respectively. Yet, neither surpassed the required 60% threshold. The latest effort failed by less than 200 votes.

This past year, Si View held a pair of community meetings and completed another community survey, which it says shows support for a new pool remains strong within the community. A need for a new aquatics center has been mentioned in every district survey since 2008, Si View said.

Recent efforts have also been bolstered by a $4 million grant received from King County Parks. Those funds will likely go unused if the ballot measure is not approved this year.

The ballot measure, Proposition 1, would pay for a majority of the $30 million facility Si View is proposing. Plans include a 4,600 square foot pool with space left open for possible expansions, including a competitive pool and classroom space.

Prop 1 would raise up to $21 million in property taxes, with the remainder coming from a combination of grants and the district’s capital fund.

For district residents, the estimated monthly cost is $10.67 for a home valued at $800,000.