The idea of having a neighborhood pool was first brought up by Herb Harris at a board meeting of the Arbor Heights Improvement Club in January 1961. Seattle city recreation authorities considered the Arbor Heights district too lightly populated to warrant building public facilities.
Community discussion led to community action. Although a separate entity, the then 41 year old Improvement Club acted as a springboard for the new community center. The vision included a club house, two swimming pools, a dance hall, three meeting rooms, a serving kitchen, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, outdoor youth camping area, archery range, putting green and play area.
Three possible sites were selected. The present site of six acres was selected even though it was the most expensive because it was the largest and it allowed for expansion.
Memberships were set at $300 prior to construction, and $400 after. Dues were $40 annually. Construction of the pool began in the fall of 1961, and it opened on July 7, 1962. The Aqua Vista Garden Club provided the landscaping expertise. In the years following, the tennis courts were completed and the finished area around the south side of the pool was enlarged.
In 1986 senior memberships were established allowing older members whose families had grown to continue at reduced rates.
In 1994-95 the club completed the cabana remodel and installed the baby pool.
To the many people who have worked to make Arbor Heights what it is today, we give a hearty thanks!