Idaho Competitive Aquatics, LLC.

During the November 18, 2021 regular board meeting, the Idaho Competitive Aquatics organization made a brief presentation about the proposed project and requested permission from the board to begin discussions. Permission to begin discussions was approved by the board at that time. Below are FAQ’s regarding The District and ICA and links to download each ICA presentation to the board.

FAQs

An aquatics facility was first proposed in 2013 and supported by the leadership then in place with Boise State University swimming, YMCA, and other community partners.
Idaho Competitive Aquatics is a group of local citizens interested in furthering competitive, and other, aquatics opportunities in the Treasure Valley. ICA is a proposed for-profit endeavor whose mission and goals are to foster and preserve aquatics safety and the competitive swimming traditions established in the Treasure Valley.
During the November 18, 2020 regular board meeting, the Idaho Competitive Aquatics (ICA) organization made a brief presentation about the proposed project and requested permission from the board to begin discussions. Permission to begin discussions was approved by the board at that time.
The project was proposed to The District in November 2020 and falls within Auditorium District provisions set forth by the Idaho Legislature, specifically chapters, 67-4902, 67-4912F and 67-4922A. Importantly, the proposed project benefits both the community and furthers economic impact in the Boise area.

The District’s mission is to develop spaces for community engagement that facilitate the greatest positive benefit to our community.
The land and improvements would be owned by the District but the facility will be leased to, and operated by, ICA with no operational involvement of the District.
The aquatics facility is a desirable public amenity and will provide water for swimming that is sorely needed. In addition to competitive swimming, the aquatics center will offer learn-to-swim lessons, water polo as well as rehabilitation, and other aquatics activities such as lap swimming for general public use.

For the hotels, restaurants, and other retail establishments it will increase the number of competitive events in the area; including several meets and tournaments that draw competitors from across the country requiring lodging and other services. Visitors to our city generate local economic benefit, which is the mission of The District.
Statutory provisions specifically allow the District to purchase land and other facilities. The District operates in a very fiscally conservative manner and as such has limited reserves available for such projects.
The goal is to expand those events by providing a pool designed to meet the specific requirements to hold competitive swimming and racing events. The planned ICA facility will feature an International Swimming Federation (FINA-approved) 50 meter by 25-yard pool and a second 25-yard teaching pool. It will be the only such pool in the state and will be an inviting place to hold swim meets and tournaments year-round. There is already an established demand for such a facility.
In previous years, The District has heard many presentations about potential projects. The ICA project came forward with a full plan of operations, pro forma, and facility development. Notably, the ICA project fulfills the mission and statutory provisions of The District and has a direct and positive economic impact to the area.
Yes, the District has hired Convention, Sports, and Leisure (CSL) as a consultant to perform a high-level peer review of the operational information provided by ICA. These facilities are shown to have a positive impact on the communities in which they are located. The proposed ICA facility will be the first FINA-approved pool for competitive swimming events within Idaho, the next closest being the Federal Way Washington (King County Aquatics Center). ICA has strong credentials and a specific plan to be successful.
The District Board evaluates each project on its own merit, following the project presentation format found on the District website. Funding for any project outside of immediate capital demands for facility repair, renovations and equipment is reliant on both available cash on hand as well as future bonding capabilities. One project does not preclude participation in another.

ICA Presentations to Board

Contact Information:

Idaho Competitive Aquatics, LLC.

Nick Gaggiano