The History of The Wave - Whitefish, MT

The Wave - Exercise Facility Whitefish

People in Whitefish had been trying to build a community swimming pool for about 32 years. In 2001, a small group of citizens formed a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization called the Whitefish Community Aquatic & Health Center. Through a communitywide name-the-facility competition, the name “The Wave” was selected.

Three things were needed to begin to make the Wave a reality. First, we needed to have the cooperation of the City of Whitefish. Second, we needed a piece of land having a good location at a good price. Lastly, we needed to raise millions of dollars in donations in the community. By fall of 2003 we were ready to begin construction. Opening day was February 19, 2005.

This facility covers 54,000 square feet at a cost of about $7.2 million. In 2005, the not-for-profit organization deeded the Wave to the City of Whitefish, with the agreement that it would be leased back to the not-for-profit for a period of 70 years.

We have a successful scholarship program, represented by inscribed wall tiles at the end of the lap pool. We also have a mortgage which we would like to retire. Any financial help in paying this off would be greatly appreciated.

The Wave is professionally managed by Doug Mahlum, owner of Planetary Fitness. Your on-site Director is Art Krueger. The not-for-profit organization is under the control of a 7-member Board of Directors.