It’s been open less than three months and already Lynnwood’s new Rec Center is proving to be a huge draw.
It’s so popular, every open swim session has sold out since they opened April 28.
“That means a minimum of 300 people have entered the building for a 2 ½ period. On many days, we are allowing additional people into the facility about 90 minutes after the start of the open swim. This is helping to eliminate complaints about not getting into the facility,” Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Sordel told us.
They plan to offer more open swim times in September.
An average of 10,000 people come through the doors each week – and they’re not all from the immediate area. An informal poll recently found visitors from Arlington, Whidbey Island, Ferndale, Sultan, Tacoma and Kent. There was even a family on vacation from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
While he didn’t have the exact revenue numbers handy, Sordel says they are ahead of where they thought they would be so far. Of course, all these visitors translate into an economic boost for the city.
“It is clear, these people are not only enjoying the Rec Center, but I believe many are spending money in our restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations,” he said.
They plan to develop a tool to measure the exact economic impact of the facility.