Things To Do In Whitefish, MT

If you’re looking for things to do in Whitefish, MT, this fitness center with indoor swimming pools offers fitness and aquatics classes, personal trainers, court sports, massage, drop-in child care, and so much more! The Wave is dedicated to the health, well-being, and amusement of locals and visitors alike. The best things to do in Whitefish, MT are right here at The Wave!

Mission Statement

The Wave is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of the Whitefish community.

Through a public/private partnership, the community is provided with an exceptional facility that will maintain affordability and not be a financial burden to taxpayers of Whitefish. With an indoor pool, fitness center, classes and personal training, and child care, this project has been a conduit for the community to come together and create a great amenity that will enhance the quality of life for all of the people in the North Valley.

The History of The Wave In Whitefish, MT

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. 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 Membership Assistance Program designed to help those in financial need become members, 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.