Goodbye to the Shoreline Pool

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Shoreline Pool demolition photo by JM

Demolition is well underway at the Shoreline Pool, 19030 1st Ave NE. The pool has been closed since fall of 2021 (see previous article).

Fire departments used the empty building for training
Photo by Gidget Terpstra

Shoreline Fire and other local departments used it for training, including punching holes in the roof, (see previous article)

Photo by JM

Shoreline Public Works has contracted out for the demolition work. All of the usable equipment was taken out last year.

The pool was built by King County under a Forward Thrust bond issue in 1968. When Shoreline incorporated, the city council chose to have the pool transferred to the City of Shoreline and has maintained and run the pool ever since.

Mechanical systems began breaking down and parts to keep the pool running became increasingly hard to find. 

Mural at Shoreline Pool
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

The mural, created by Sara Snedeker in 2016, is painted directly on the wall and cannot be saved. (see previous article)


Anonymous,  January 27, 2022 at 1:16 PM  

What a big loss for our community. Our city needs a pool.

Anonymous,  January 27, 2022 at 7:25 PM  

There are a lot of public pools way older than this one was that are still in operation and not bankrupting the communities - we have a city council that only wants "new" and "where I say" and they will find reasons to make sure they get what they want. How about getting the Fircrest pool up and running? Oh wait - that's not on city-owned land.

herrbrahms January 28, 2022 at 2:29 AM  

The City Council could have saved it, but chose not to because it was on 1st NE rather than Midvale.

Unknown February 15, 2022 at 3:43 PM  

Unfortunate to see a community pool torn down. Probably cow towing to the pickleball crown again and tore it down to build PB courts. Well at least theyde get off the tennis courts.

Bill Elliott,  September 9, 2022 at 2:52 PM  

This was handled much like the closing of Shoreline High School...what the public wants is of no interest to the people who decide these things. These buildings the community has grown to love are just numbers on a spreadsheet....

Anonymous,  December 3, 2022 at 11:47 AM  

The staff brought new life into the pool. It is sad to see it go but we can only look towards the future. What kind of council do we want running the city? What can we do to make sure a new pool will be what the community really wants?

The plans for the new pool don't include any kind of warm water, spa, sauna or hot tub. Seeing the use of these pools by people of all skills, ages and those with special needs it is clear the Shoreline City Council needs to know the importance of including a warm pool for the health of the community.

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