Bothell residents get free swimming at new pool opened at McMenamins Anderson School

It's Official: Bothell is now cool -- McMenamins Opens Anderson School Hotel and Pool

If Prop No. 1 passes on the ballot, Kirkland plans to build a $40 - $60 million government-owned pool. In contrast, Bothell turns to the private sector with a deal providing free swimming for all Bothell residents. Kirkland needs to learn that government is not always the answer.

The crowds at the Thursday grand opening of McMenamins Anderson School in downtown Bothell were jubilant exploring the hotel, swimming pool, movie theater, restaurants, bars, and world of merriment their new neighbor has brought to town.

Pay attention Kirkland, Bothell has arrived. While some in Kirkland think government is the only solution, Bothell shows another way. If Prop No. 1 passes on the ballot, Kirkland plans to build a $60+ million government owned pool. In contrast, Bothell turns to the private sector with a deal providing free swimming for all Bothell residents. Kirkland needs to learn that government is not always the answer.

The recent extensive redevelopment of Bothell's downtown core has been transformative but McMenamins provides the catalyst to draw people from far and wide. It really is that big of a deal.

For those not familiar with McMenamins hotel/theater/restaurant/bar complexes throughout Oregon, they are unique, fun, quirky and have a huge following of devoted fans. McMenamins was once interested in locating at the old seminary at St. Edward Park in Kenmore but angry neighbors nixed that idea in the bud with an organized campaign against it. The company chose to renovate the old Bothell Junior High campus instead and the community gets the added bonus of free access to their swimming pool.

McMenamins Swimming Pool Hours (subject to change)

  • 6 am - 8 am Open to Public Adult Lap Swim
  • 8 am - 10 am Hotel Guests Only
  • 10 am - 10 pm Open to Public with 2 Hour Sessions
  • 10 pm - Midnight Hotel Guests Only

Pricing: 

Adult            $8
Child (4-17)  $6
Bothell residents   FREE
 

According to McMenamins life guards, the company will provide pool programs and classes in the following months.

The Bothell campus includes the Main Lodge, North Shore Lagoon (swimming pool), Theater, Woodshed Brewery, Haynes' Banquet Hall and multiple dining areas. We welcome McMenamins to our area and encourage our readers to visit.