Q1: Why two pools?
With two pools a wide variety of programming and classes for all ages can be offered to better meet our community’s needs. A 25 yard, four-lane pool will be for lap swimming, swim team practice, water aerobics and family recreation. And, a smaller superheated pool will be for those recovering from injuries, for water walking and for learn to swim classes.
Q2: Is this an outdoor pool or is it covered?
Ultimately, it will be an indoor year-round swim center. Depending on how quickly our capital goals are met, the project may need to happen in two phases. Phase One would be an outdoor facility specifically designed and constructed to support the Phase Two enclosure, once the additional funds are raised.
Q3: Will the pool be chlorinated or a saltwater pool?
The pool will be saltwater with UV purification. Rapid technological advances in saltwater pools ensure a low maintenance system, with far fewer corrosion problems than seen with older systems. A supplementary UV purification component will bring even better results with less maintenance.
Q4: Are you concerned about having enough water?
No. Besides having a well suitable for a Class A water system, technological advances in pool equipment and water conservation procedures mean that much less water is needed than ever before. Water is used, treated and recirculated. Modern pools are so efficient that the bath house showers and toilets consume the greater amount of water.
Q5: It is one thing to raise money to build the pool, another to maintain it. How will the pool be maintained?
We are fortunate to have recently received a $510,000 gift, specified by the donor to create a maintenance reserve fund. And conservative revenue projections, based on stats compiled from the USA Swimming Association and an independent feasibility study completed for FLIP, show that annual revenues will cover operating expenses. There are numerous pool facilities in Washington sustainably operating in communities of similar size to Lopez Island.
Q6: Will there be lifeguards?
Yes, there will be lifeguards on duty any time the pool is open. In fact, the pool plans to train and hire local high school and college-aged students for many of the guard positions.