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The Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center
(SHARC) is a multi-pool indoor and outdoor facility located in Hillsboro in the U.S.
state of Oregon. Originally opened in 1954 as an outdoor at Shute Park, an indoor recreation
center and pool opened in 1981. The indoor recreation center, which includes a weight
room, spa, a wading pool, and classroom space, was expanded in 2006 at a cost of $9 million.==History==
Proposals to build a pool for the city began as early as 1934 when the city council referred
one plan to the city’s budget committee. That proposal would have been paid for using
bonds and be built by the New Deal’s State Emergency Relief Administration at Shute Park.
Plans to build a pool at Shute Park came to fruition in 1953 when the project was allotted
about $90,000 in controlled materials by the National Production Authority, after $90,000
in bonds were approved by voters in June 1950 for construction of a pool. The pool then
opened in 1954, and the next year the city decided to keep it operating seven days a
week during the summer. That original outdoor pool is 150 feet (46 m) long and 51 feet (16
m) wide. During the early years of the facility, it hosted an annual water show that included
diving, water ballet, and a comedy skit.A $2.6 million bond measure went before voters
in September 1979 to finance construction of an indoor pool, along with a second operating
levy to pay for the operations. The plan called for a main pool, a sauna, racquetball courts,
a shallow pool for children, and a hydrotherapy pool, among other amenities. Voters passed
both of the measures for what would be a 26,777-square-foot (2,487.7 m2) center, with construction beginning
in summer 1980. The aquatics center was completed in 1981 and opened in September that year.
The facility included an indoor pool with locker rooms, a weight room, and three racquetball
courts. The new center cost $2.5 million to build, with C.A. Lantz Construction Co. serving
as the general contractor. The project faced several delays due to leaks in the roof.The
main indoor pool is 75 feet (23 m) long and 25 feet (7.6 m) wide. In August 1988, the
original pool house for the outdoor pool became the new headquarters for the Parks and Recreation
Department after a $65,000 remodeling project. The city worked to repair the roof on the
center in 1989 while also suing the original contractor over the leaking roof.A family
of three A & W Burger statues were moved to the grounds of the center in 1991 from the
Papa Aldo’s restaurant across the street. Considered a temporary move at the time, the
family was missing the Teen Burger character when the former restaurant owner donated the
fiberglass statues to the city. By 1998 pool usage had climbed to approximately
200,000 annual visits, so the city put forward a bond measure to voters to build a new pool
at the aquatic center and to build a new 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) aquatic in the Ronler
Acres area. The new center would include a wave pool and overall the bond would have
allow for borrowing of $15.7 million for the projects. The bond went to voters in May and
received more than 50% of the vote, but Oregon’s double majority rule prevented the measure
from passing. The city tried again in November 1998, but the measure failed.In September
2004, the center closed for renovations that included fixing the roof and plumbing. The
center was to be closed until June 2005, though the outdoor pool was to remain open during
the originally estimated $5.2 million project that would also expand the center. Although
the center closed in September, a contract for the construction was not finalized until
December 2004 when Todd Construction won with a $6.4 million bid. At that time, the pool
was scheduled to re-open in November or December 2005.While the Shute Park facility was under
renovation, the city began plans to build a second aquatic center for the city. In January
2006, the city announced plans to build a center at Northeast 53rd Avenue where they
had purchased 41 acres (17 ha), including a storage building once used by Soloflex.
That property became 53rd Avenue Park that opened in 2008.
The Shute Park center re-opened in March 2006 after a $9 million expansion and renovation.
After the expansion, SHARC was then 43,480 square feet (4,039 m2) in size that allowed
for expanding indoor activities such as group exercise, more classrooms, and other classes
that had been held at the Tyson Recreation Center. In August 2008, employees used an
automated external defibrillator to help save a visitor’s life. By 2011 the center served
approximately 230,000 people each year.==Amenities==
Located at southwest Maple Street at Tenth Avenue, SHARC has a variety of water based
and indoor features. Pools include the original outdoor pool that measures 50 yards (46 m)
by 17 yards (16 m) and has two diving boards, but is only opening during the summer. Indoors
are the main pool and a smaller wading pool designed for children and beginning swimmers.
The main pool is 25 metres (82 ft) by 25 yards (23 m) and L-shaped that includes a slide
and one diving board. The smaller wading pool includes an elevated teacup.As a recreation
center, SHARC has a weight room, a cardio room, and multipurpose rooms where various
classes are offered. There is also a spa pool and dry sauna. Other amenities include locker
rooms, including a family changing area, child care, and a snack bar.==See also==
List of sports venues in Portland, Oregon

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