Dive in and get pumped up! Killdeer Aquatics & Wellness Center celebrates grand opening


Billowing banners marked the new driveway and balloons, open swim, weight room tours and refreshments greeted guests at the July 15 Killdeer Aquatics & Wellness Center (KAWC) Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting.

“Our open house is a chance for people to come in and take a look at what we’ve got,” said Killdeer Parks & Recreation Director James Mousseau. “And it’s great that the city commissioners are sponsoring our grand opening.”

The new center features a 93,000-gallon pool; men’s, women’s and family locker rooms; and a community room that opens onto the pool and can be rented for private events. A fitness room with 41 pieces of brand new, high-tech equipment drew a crowd during the open house.

“This workout room is really nice,” said Sergeant Scott Wilson of the Killdeer Police Department, who was checking things out with KPD Chief Eric Braathen. “I’ll come back after work and play around.”

Down the hall from the fitness room is the door to the large, L-shaped pool. A shallower depth draws kids to the shorter, wider end while a deeper lap pool makes up the other length. The pool is available to anyone with a membership and is kept at a consistent temperature of 82 degrees. Special hours are set aside for lap swimmers.

During the open house, swimmers were invited to splash for free. Kids giggled and played from one end to the other. Head lifeguard Tess Gaugler of Killdeer kept an eye on swimmers as they slid down the colorful slide and squealed under the splash buckets.

“It looks like the kids are having fun and it’s a great pool to do it in,” she said.

Certified lifeguards Kacen Gartner and Zach Oakleaf, equipped with life-saving devices, kept watch over the pool’s deeper end.

“It’s nice to have a pool back in the community,” said Oakleaf. “The kids are having a blast splashing around.”

Pastries, donuts and sugar cookies decorated to resemble jump-ropers and weightlifters were provided by the City of Killdeer, JLG Architects and JE Dunn Construction.

Hugh Dolezal liked the cookies a lot. “I like the slide, too,” said the Killdeer three-year-old.

His sentiments were echoed by his mom, Sabrina Dolezal. “This is all fantastic and I can’t wait to use everything,” she said.

The center started taking memberships this week, said Assistant Facility Manager Hannah Braathen. Daily, monthly and annual memberships are available, for youth (2-18), adults and seniors (55+).

Tours are available upon request to see the facility’s services.

“People can come in and we’ll give them everything they need to decide if the facility is right for them,” Braathen said. Folks interested in current hours, community room rentals, tours and memberships may inquire with Braathen or receptionist Morgan Marquardt at the center or by calling 701-764-5032.

KAWC is owned by the City of Killdeer and was designed by JLG Architects with JE Dunn Construction serving as construction manager. Engineering support came from Obermiller Nelson Engineering and AE2S. Associated Pool Builders served as aquatics consultant.

Killdeer Aquatics & Wellness Center, 551 Central Avenue North, Killdeer, ND 58640-0270

Phone: 701-764-5032

Facebook: Killdeer Parks & Recreation

Hours of operation

Monday-Friday: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 8 p.m.

Pool hours

Lap swim (for lap swimmers only)

Monday-Friday: 6 – 9 a.m.

Saturday: 7 – 9 a.m.

Sunday: 6 – 8 p.m.

Open swim

Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 8 p.m.

Membership Fees

Adult (19-54): $8 daily, $50 month, $120 3-month, $360 annual

Youth (2-18): $6 daily, $45 month, $85 3-month, $240 annual

Senior (55+): $6 daily, $45 month, $110 3-month, $240 annual

Family (up to 4 members consisting of a married couple or an adult and their dependents through the age of 24): $310 3-month, $800 annual (each additional member: $25 e-month, $75 annual

Drop-in swim (all-day pass): $3 for youth (2-18) and $4 for adult (19+)

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