Project Updates

September 15, 2022

Re-Know Minute Featuring Moana Springs Community Aquatics and Fitness Center

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September 13, 2022

Project Aerial Photos (August 30, 2022)

September 2, 2022

Groundbreaking (August 10, 2022)

On the morning of Wednesday, August 10, 2022, guests gathered at the site of the future Moana Springs Community Aquatics and Fitness Center to witness the project break ground. In attendance were members of the community, several elected officials, and even USA Water Polo team member and gold medalist Ben Stevenson, who was born and raised in Reno.

The previous pool facility was demolished in 2012, yet Moana Springs has a long history that dates back to 1905 when it was first opened as a bathhouse resort. Over the following 20 years, it was used for an abundance of recreational activity before burning down in a 1926 fire. Decades later, the property was purchased by the City of Reno and reincarnated into several different facilities, including a stadium, sports field, and of course, a pool.

Because of this long history, members of our community were enthralled to hear plans for this community aquatic and fitness center. Many locals, like Ben Stevenson, can recall spending their childhood at the old Moana Springs pool before it was demolished. To pay homage to the property’s former lives, the City provided swag in the form of old tiles from the old Moana pool. There were also beach balls and flip-flop bottle openers for guests to bring home.

Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony included City Manager Doug Thornley, Mayor Hillary Schieve, Director of Parks and Recreation Jaime Schroeder, Chair of the Recreation & Parks Commission Mike Ginsburg, Director of Public Works Kerrie Koski, Reno City Councilmember Naomi Duerr, Vice President of CORE Construction Travis Coombs, and Chair of Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics Chip Hobson. These speakers pointed out the accessibility and affordability of the center, as well as the positive economic impact it will have on the city as out-of-town athletes are expected to come compete at the facility upon its completion.

At the end of the ceremony, several guests of honor stood before the crowd with golden shovels and used them to toss small amounts of water onto the project site. This ceremony signified the official beginning of the project.

The Moana Springs Community Aquatics and Fitness Center is expected to reach completion during the summer of 2024. The City’s funding plan for the center includes a generous $9 million pledge from The William N. Pennington Foundation. CORE Construction will continue to provide construction updates on this website as the project progresses.

“CORE’s main objective is to deliver a high quality, cost efficient and long-lasting aquatics facility to the Reno community,” said Vice President Travis Coombs. “All of us at CORE understand the vision and passion behind this project, and it is a privilege for us to be part of the team that will bring it into reality.”

The City of Reno and CORE have partnered with Van Woert Bigotti Architects and Farr West Engineering to execute this project successfully.

June 20, 2022

Moana Springs Community Aquatic & Fitness Center Groundbreaking Coming Soon!

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