Bringing greater health, 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, and not really a place to swim at all.

Surveys show that well in excess of 50% of elementary school children on Lopez Island do not know how to swim. We should not wait for a tragedy to teach them 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. The opportunities for public indoor recreation during the rainy months are non-existent.

Lopez needs a pool to serve its people, young and old, fit and aging, resident and visitor, swimmer and non-swimmer.  FLIP will continue 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, incomes and abilities.

See Building Plans.

Lopez Kids Swim Days

See Swim Programs.

Key Milestones

  • 2019:  OPENING 
  • 2018: 
    • Contract with building and pool contractors
  • 2017:
    • Hire a Project Manager
    • Continued SJC Permitting and Continued Site Preparation
    • Continue Capital Campaign
  • 2016:
    • Site design, Land division, Power installation, Preliminary road.
    • Contract with Site Development contractor
    • July 4:  Capital Campaign-Construction Fundraising Begins!
    • Engage public in salons (small gatherings)
  • 2015:
  • 2014:
    • Drilled well suitable for Class A water system
  • 2011:
    • USA Swimming Association “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)