North Whidbey Park and Recreation District operates the taxpayer-supported John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool in Oak Harbor, Washington. North Whidbey Island’s citizens enjoy a multitude of aquatic programs to enhance fitness and health for patrons of all ages. We also manage Clover Valley Ball Park and Off-Leash Dog Park on Ault Field Road.

North Whidbey Park and Recreation District would like to thank our valued patrons and community members that have supported us for the last 35 years! Teaching children to swim and the importance of water safety has been one of the goals of John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool since the facility opened in 1983. We recognize the recreation and fitness benefits of an aquatic facility are imperative to the health and wellness of many of our patrons. Our programs and partner programs  – lap swim, water aerobics, open swim, swim school, Oak Harbor High School swim teams, SPIN Café shower program, NWAC Swim Team, Dragon Boaters, Skagit Valley College PE classes, kayaking, family events – all contribute to an enhanced quality of life for our community.

We would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to those who voted in support of our Maintenance and Operations Renewal Levy on Tuesday, November 7th! Regrettably, we did not achieve a supermajority of votes required to successfully pass the Levy.

 Effective Monday, November 13, 2017, North Whidbey Park and Recreation District will suspend nearly all aquatic activities at John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool – including, but not limited to, Lap Swim, Open Swim, Water Aerobics and Swim School.

Operating an aquatic facility such as John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool is very costly. Without the financial support generated by our Maintenance and Operations Levy, fiscally responsible pricing would be too cost prohibitive to the vast majority of our patrons. We will investigate every viable option for reopening the facility, possibly with limited operations, and we will be actively developing non-aquatic programs to serve the community.

Clover Valley Dog Park and Ball Fields will remain accessible to the community for the immediate future. Visitors should expect to see the possible removal of the portable toilet and trash receptacles; water for the area will also be turned off. Please plan accordingly when visiting the dog park and ball fields.

Again, thank you for 35 years of support and patronage! We sincerely hope to forge a path forward allowing our highly valued aquatics programs to resume so we can serve our community!




Coming Up at the Pool…
Swim School Families:
Due to the suspension of Aquatic Programs at John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool we will not be offering swim lessons until further notice. We sincerely regret the inconvenience and encourage you to pursue lessons for your children through a neighboring facility.

 Are you interested in participating in an effort to reopen our community pool?
Send an email to jmillang@oakharborpool.com to receive email updates and stay about ways you can help!

John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool Community Meeting

Saturday, November 18th
This meeting is open to anyone interested in helping with efforts to resume Aquatic Programs at the pool!

NWPRD Board of Commissioners Regular Monthly Meeting at the Pool

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Laundry Angels Program Launched for SPIN Cafe Shower Pass Visitors!
It’s truly amazing how people come together to help others in our community. I am a local Girl Scout and for my Silver Award project, I decided that I wanted to help the homeless community in Oak Harbor, and I ended up helping organize a towel service at the John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool. During the process my steps were, first, to ask the director of SPIN Cafe, Vivian Rogers Decker, what I could do to help with any of her programs. She told me of the main challenge with the shower program, that when people got a shower ticket from SPIN Cafe and went to the pool to shower, they had no way to dry their towels if they had any. I decided to take on this project by designing a system to get the towels washed. My next step was to go to the director of the pool, Mr. Steve McCaslin. Mr. McCaslin was more than helpful on this project and very enthusiastic about helping the community, as were many members of the pool staff. My third step was to assemble a team of volunteers from around the island. I used Facebook to recruit volunteers and a website called SignUp.com to coordinate a schedule for washing. I got the towels from the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, an extremely generous donation. When the time came to start on Thursday the 26th, the program began smoothly. Only one day later it’s up and running! Thanks so much to the volunteers from Coupeville United Methodist Church and the community for washing the towels and to Ms. Vivian Rogers Decker, the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church, and the Oak Harbor Pool for supporting the program!
Jillian Taylor