Bringing greater health, water safety and connection to the people of San Juan County by building a community swim facility.

Lopez has a remarkable opportunity. 

Lopez Island is defined by the water that surrounds it. While beautiful and integral to our way of life, the water is also deep, often rough and always very cold. It is not a place to learn to swim.

A 2017 survey shows that only 9% of Lopez elementary kids can pass a RED CROSS water competency test (National average is 39%). We should not wait for a tragedy to teach us the critical importance of this life skill. We would like all children to graduate from high school, knowing how to swim.

Senior citizens and the injured must make long and costly trips to the mainland for water therapy. There are few opportunities for indoor community recreation during the rainy months.  Lopez needs a pool to serve its people, young and old, fit and aging, resident and visitor, swimmer and non-swimmer.  With the support of our community, FLIP will construct a fully-accessible year-round community pool that will serve the safety, fitness, health and recreational needs of islanders and visitors of all ages, incomes and abilities.

See Building Plans.

Lopez Kids Swim Days

See Swim Programs.

Key Milestones

  • 2019:  Target Opening 
  • 2018: 
    • Contract with building and pool contractors
  • 2017:
    • Road development, SJC permitting & site prep
    • Pool Lane is official with county road sign
    • Architect hired to design and manage the project
    • SJC Permitting and Site Preparation
    • Fundraising consultant hired
    • Partnership created with LIFRC to offer scholarships for local swimming lessons
    • Critical lack of water safety skills identified in local youth
    • Outreach to island communities
  • 2016:
    • Site Master Plan completed by landscape architectural firm, Site Workshop, Seattle
    • Submitted grant to WA Dept. of Commerce, Youth & Recreation
    • Feasibility study for Phase 2 – indoor pool
    • Chose Structures Unlimited for pool building 
    • Construction Fundraising Begins!
    • Engage public in salons (small gatherings)
  • 2015:
  • 2014:
    • Drilled well suitable for Class A water system
  • 2011:
    • Indoor Pool facility strategy and feasibility verified/approved by USA Swimming Association
  • 2010:
    • Established Legacy Gift Program for future pool operations
    • Survey conducted regarding how many local 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)