Friends of the Brookings Harbor Aquatic Center (FBHAC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization
located in Brookings, Oregon, a rural coastal community about six miles north of
the Oregon California state line. FBHAC was developed with the intent to create
a sustainable indoor community recreation and aquatic center that will enhance access
to year round fitness and recreational programs for all members of our community
regardless of age, fitness level and physical capabilities.
The City of Brookings
and surrounding area has a population of about 15, 000 people and is the largest
city in Curry County with a population of about 22,000. Between Brookings and the
adjacent unincorporated Harbor there are three private fitness facilities offering
access to fitness equipment and classes. There is no indoor public comprehensive
community recreation center. There is an older outdoor pool open three months out
of the year and requires heating to maintain a comfortable temperature for use. The
nearest public indoor pool is in Crescent City, CA about 26 miles south of Brookings.
There is a small community activity center which predominantly provides seniors with
social opportunity, meals and some fitness and recreational programs.
that improved access to year round recreational opportunities would provide Brookings
and the surrounding areas with the foundation to address many community wellness
needs. The health benefits alone could substantiate the need for a community recreation
center. Obesity, chronic disease and mental illness are major health issues in our
community. In addition, improved access to swimming instruction is vital to this
area that has many drowning hazards.
As a community gathering place, the community aquatic center would serve to provide
social benefits to all ages and serve as a safe after-school venue for youth. The
development of such a facility would go far to boost community appeal and pride.
It would foster job development, help retain skilled workers and entice more to the
area. Furthermore it would boost community volunteerism and provide a valuable asset
to the local economy.
Since 2014, the City of Brookings and FBHAC have worked collaboratively as part of
the Community Recreation Task Force. The Task force is an ad hoc committee of the
City and also includes members of the community, the executive director of the Grants
Pass YMCA, city staff and Board members from FBHAC. Together we are working towards
a shared goal: the development of a sustainable indoor community recreation and
aquatic center. If you are interested in being a part of this community project
or have further questions, feel free to contact any of our Board members.
“Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal."