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Our Mission

The Friends of the Lopez Island Pool believe water safety is essential for our island community.  We are working to build a pool where all ages can learn to swim, enjoy exercise and improve their health.

By its very geography, Lopez Island is defined by the water that surrounds it. Water is an integral part of Lopez Island life. While the water surrounding Lopez Island is beautiful, it is also deep, often quite rough, and very cold. It is not a place to learn to swim, and for all but the most hardy, it is not a place to swim at all. Testing shows that well in excess of 75% of the children on Lopez Island do not know how to swim. We should not wait for a tragedy to teach them. ALL of the senior citizens (54% of the county population) and those recuperating from injuries on Lopez must make expensive, lengthy ferry trips to the mainland to undertake water therapy. Hundreds of families visiting Lopez Island have access to one or more pools in their home communities, where they participate in sports and recreation. All competitive training and water fitness comes to a halt when they get off the ferry.  Lopez needs a pool to serve its people, young and old, fit and aging, resident and visitor, swimmer and non-swimmer.  FLIP will continue working through its strategic plan to construct a fully accessible community pool that will serve the safety, fitness, health and recreational needs of islanders and visitors of all ages. The goal of the current phase of our capital campaign seeks $2.5 million in gifts, grants and pledges to break ground.

Lopez Kids Swim Days

We offer annual Lopez Kids Swim days to all primary school age children (K-6) including those home and privately schooled. FLIP provides transportation, lunches and swim fees for up to 250 individuals over two days. Each year, a percentage of the non-swimmers gain confidence and feel safer in the water.  This serves our vision toward helping every person on Lopez feel safe in the water–starting with our precious children. FLIP has also installed Throw-Ring safety buoys at three unprotected water access sites on our island, applauded by the County Land Bank and island EMT and Rescue teams.

Key Milestones

  • 2016:
  • 2015:
    • Chose Myrtha Pool and PRC for project construction
    • Continue site development, research & permitting
  • 2014:
    • Drilled well suitable for Class A water system
  • 2011:
    • USA Swimming Assoc. Build-A-Pool Conference (project strategy and feasibility verification)
  • 2010:
    • Established Legacy Gift Program for future pool operations
    • Survey conducted regarding how many children know how to swim
    • Community meeting
  • 2009:
    • Federal tax exempt status as 501C3
    • 2.5 acres of land acquired on Center Rd.
    • SJC Change in Land Use Classification approved
    • Hired Heery International and Aquatics Design Group (feasibility study, cost analysis and facility design)



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