Cherry Creek High School opened its new swim center on Nov. 5, exactly two years and one day after voters approved the 2012 bond issue that funded the facility. It features a new 8-lane swimming pool, a diving well, spectator seating, locker rooms and offices.
“It’s fitting that we’re here today,” CCHS Principal Ryan Silva, before a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the center said. “I want to thank the voters of our district, our school board members and our district leadership team for their support of this project. I also want to thank the students and parents who served on our design committee.”
The crowd attending the event included Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky, Superintendent Harry Bull, former Board of Education President Jennifer Churchfield, current Board President Jim O’Brien, board members Karen Fisher, Randy Perlis and Dave Willman and former CCHS Principal Kathy Smith, as well as excited students and parents. They cheered as the ribbon was cut, then hurried inside for a grand opening ceremony. Water from the old Creek pool was poured into the new one, then eight students from Creek’s Boys’ and Girls’ swim teams and water adventure classes got to dive in and swim an inaugural lap across the pool. Finally, guests were treated to a tour of the facility.
“It’s beautiful!” parent Mignon Adolph, whose daughter, Annelise, is a swimmer said. “Creek has a thriving swim program and has for years, so it’s nice to see the school have this facility for the team and for P.E. classes and for meets.”
More than 200 students participate in Creek’s swimming program, which has won many individual and state team titles over the years. Coaches say the new facility supports that tradition of excellence.
“This is awesome,” said Eric Craven, girls’ swimming coach. “The girls are so excited. They have no excuses now,” he laughed.
Fun facts about the new CCHS swim center:
• The $9.6 million pool renovation project created a new 8-lane lap pool, containing 193,668 gallons of water, and a new diving pool, containing 97,079 gallons of water, within the existing building footprint of 20,000 square feet.
• The center can accommodate 361 spectators in the seating area.
• The renovation added 1,900 new athletic lockers and 3,000 square feet of new building area for swim lockers and public circulation that connects to existing gymnasium and concession areas.
In addition to the new pool, the 2012 bond issue provided new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classrooms, safety and security upgrades and new seating and carpeting in the Fine Arts Theater at Creek. Similar projects have been completed at many schools across the district while others will continue through the summer of 2015.