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

Lopez has a remarkable opportunity to build a pool where people of all ages can learn to swim, enjoy exercise, improve their health and embrace recreation as a community. 

Our surrounding water is beautiful and integral to our way of life. It is also deep, often rough and always cold. It is not a place to learn to swim.

Ninety-one percent of elementary students on Lopez Island are not safe in deep water.  We should not wait for a tragedy to teach us the critical importance of swimming as a life skill.

The injured and those living with chronic pain must make long and costly trips to the mainland for aquatic therapy and to exercise in comfort. There are limited venues for indoor community recreation during cold, rainy months.  

San Juan County needs a swim center to serve its people, young and old, fit and aging, resident and visitor, swimmer and non-swimmer.  The closest public swimming pool is in Skagit County which requires time-consuming vehicle and ferry transportation. With the support of our community, FLIP will construct a fully-accessible, year-round swim center to serve the safety, fitness, health and recreational needs of everyone.

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)