Matanuska-Susitna Borough – Wasilla & Palmer High School Pools

Palmer, AK


In 2013, the team of Architects Alaska and Counsilman-Hunsaker were retained to complete a swimming pool assessment and feasibility study for Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s Wasilla and Palmer pools. The assessment included determining what repairs were needed to bring the facilities up to current codes and standards, as well as looking for opportunities to increase the recreation value of each facility. Options ranged from making the needed repairs to completely replacing and expanding the aquatic areas. The study calls out multiple options for both pools. The study evaluated the initial capital investment, as well as the long-term operational impact these improvements would create. In October 2016, Matanuska-Susitna Borough voters approved a bond package that included $12,830,900 for improvements to both Palmer and Wasilla Pools, scheduled to be completed in two phases.


Pool Type

Indoor 25 Yard

Indoor Leisure

Project Type

School K12

Project Service

Facility Audit

Design Services


Feasibility Study

Most Recent Project

Completed 2020


Architects Alaska

Project Amenities

Construction of the Wasilla Pool began in April 2018 and was completed in April 2019. The new building addition contains a 4,875 sq. ft. competition pool with six 25-yard lap lanes and a bulkhead, a separate diving area, a 1,600 sq. ft. recreation pool, new mechanical equipment, as well as improved lighting and easier ramp access into the water. The pool is available for a range of activities like lap swim, lessons, open swim, kids’ parties, and school activities.

The Palmer Pool closed on May 24, 2019 and was completed in October 2020. The renovation included upgraded locker rooms, a new vestibule, renovations to the pool to promote lap swimming and competitive events, and a recreational pool for family fun and swimming lessons.

4,875 sq. ft. competition pool

six 25-yard lap lanes


separate diving area

1,600 sq. ft. recreation pool

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