Programs Supported

The Minnetonka Anchor Club supports development of new facilities as well as new programming, to further Minnetonka Aquatics in accomplishing its mission. Minnetonka Anchor Club is guided by the four pillars of successful aquatics programming in how it prioritizes its support: education, wellness, competition, and safety.

Facilities development is occurring in three stages:

  • Phase 1—Update for competition and safety (completed)
  • Phase 2—Develop multiple temperature tanks/pools
  • Phase 3—Develop facilities to support national-level programming and growing demand


Phase 1—Update for competition and safety

Challenges:  Existing pools (MME, MMW) were 40+ years old.

Solution:  After studies of feasibility to upgrade one of the pools to competition level, MME was chosen as the sight for a major ($ 6.1MM) facility upgrade to a 25-yard competition pool. The Anchor Club:

  • Worked with the District to prioritize and structure Aquatics programming
  • Pledged $150,000 in support, to be paid by year 3
  • The Anchor Club fulfilled its pledge for $150,000 a full year early!  CLICK HERE to read about it!
  • Pledged $20,000 annually thereafter, as well as provide volunteers/funding for specific projects and activities
  • 2013 Pledged an addition $20,000 for MMW's renovation. 



Solution: Reconstructed pool at MME (2009)

  • Limited programming and education opportunities due to identical pools at MME and MMW:
  • Identical water temperatures limit range of use
  • Limited space
  • Limited competitive use
  • Neither met safety codes for competitive swimming or diving
  • Spectator seating
  • < 20 people limit for competition and lessons

Remodeled MME pool to create new Aquatics Center that is short course competition-ready.

  • Two added lanes enabled small expansion of programming for Club and Learn-to-Swim (E, C)
  • New diving well enabled Learn-to-Dive program and synchronized swimming practices in addition to High School teams  (E, C)
  • UV filtration reduces chemicals and increases swimmer comfort; translucent wall panels bring filtered, natural light (W, S)
  • Handicap accessible locker rooms/restrooms; life to assist disabled people in/out of the pool (W, S)
  • Increased depth at starting end to 7 feet meets depth standards for safe starts (C, S)
  • Separate competition-standard diving well with two boards; extra starting blocks for training, and diving depth/ceiling height now meet standards (C, S)
  • Bleacher seating for 370 and swimmer’s balcony for 150 (C)
  • State-of-art scoreboard/timing system (C)
  • Entrance separate from school to enable community use during school day when not being used by physical education classes (E, S)
  • Concessions area meets city health codes (W, S)


       Pillars of excellence supported by solution: Education(E), Competition(C), Safety(S), 


Phase 2—Multiple temperature tanks

Challenges:  Tanks (pools) must be kept cool enough for largest user population, which limits programming for younger and older users as well as those needing rehabilitation / therapy.     



Solution: Reconstructed pool at MMW for warmer water (2013)

  • Lack of warm water pool limits learn-to-swim programming
  • Programs are at maximized capacity due to space restrictions
  • Existing programs (Club, Learn-to-Swim) turning away participants
  • No opportunity for new programs (i.e. polo, scuba, small craft water safety, etc.)
  • Facility use limited when school in session
  • MMW pool outdated; barely meets minimum safety standards
  • No long course training facility in area

Remodeled MMW to provide a better venue for warmer water programming.  (E, S, W)

  • Learn-to-swim participation will increase with warm water (E, W)
  • Separate entrance increases use during school hours (and thereby increases revenue) (E, W, S)
  • Moving some LTS classes to warmer water will free space to expand Club/Masters and potentially add other programming (E, C, W)​


      Pillars of excellence supported by solution: Education(E), Competition(C), Safety(S), 


Phase 3—To be a national standard for community aquatics

Challenges:  Will require additional facilities (i.e. 50 meter pool, recreational options) to support national-level aquatics programs.    Long-term planning and development is required.