Aquatic Center Timeline

Timeline to Teton Valley Aquatic Center


May 2016
  • Started TVA non-profit process
  • Engaged USA Swimming for research and Enterprise Plan
  • Established community steering committee
December 2016
  • Launched website
  • Opened community survey
February 2017
  • Closed survey
  • DID YOUR KNOW? Over 1,000 completed surveys, representing over 3400 members of the Teton Valley community!
  • Continued feasibility research
  • Conducted stakeholder meeting
March-April 2017
  • Conducted community outreach and meetings/events to go over Enterprise Plan results (what pool USA Swimming thinks we need if money is no object)
  • Survey results (what the community thinks we need if money is no object)
April 2017
  • Conducted a philanthropic feasibility study to determine capacity of private philanthropic donations towards our goal
Summer 2017
  • Continue researching comparison pools
  • Budget comparisons
  • Tin Cup Challenge
  • TVA receives federal 501(c)3 status
Fall 2017
  • Hire executive director and begin to implement strategic plan based on recommendations from philanthropic feasibility study.
Winter 2017
  • Begin to implement learn to swim programming for Teton Valley residents.
January-March 2018
  • Engage facility feasibly study for specific build and maintenance cost for overall project, as well as stepping stone projects.
  • Contract a design build study for initial plans/drawings of stepping stone projects
December 31, 2021...or sooner

Target Opening Date of Aquatic Facilities

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For more information on drowning rates and the importance of swimming programs and water safety, visit the CDC's fact sheet on water safety at: CLICK HERE

Drowning Statistics

Drowning is responsible for more deaths in children ages 1-4 than any other cause except birth defects.1
Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children aged 1 to 4 years.2
Minorities and individuals of lower socio-economic status drown at greater rates than whites, with greatest disparity between ages 5-18.3
Unemployed and underemployed in Driggs is 56% and in Victor is 35%. These are the individuals who cannot afford to travel for swim lessons.

The United Way has created ALICE reports studying "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed" Individuals. In other words, they are studying the underemployed. Their most recent study of the Pacific Northwest includes studies of Teton County, Idaho (page 258 of document, 268 if in PDF). Percentage unemployed and underemployed in Driggs is 56% and in Victor is 35%. These are the individuals who cannot afford to travel for swim lessons. We can significantly make a difference to these individuals, and potentially SAVE LIVES by creating an aquatics center here.

Aquatics center in our valley will bring 4 full time professional level jobs, as well as 12-24 part time jobs.

In addition to the unemployed and underemployed studies, the ALICE report goes further and finds what it has determined as the "survival budget" to actually pay your rent, eat 3 meals (but does not account for savings.) In Teton County, it determines this wage to be $9.61 for a single person working full time, and $31.72 for a person to raise enough to support a traditional 4 person family (defined by United Way as 2 adults, one preschooler and one infant). Having an aquatics center in our valley will bring 4 full time professional level jobs, as well as 12-24 part time jobs that will pay at/above these "survival wage" levels, helping to bring job stability to our area, and allowing working families to make a life here.

United Way Alice Report

Sources

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. [cited 2016Nov 28]. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars.

2. Brenner RA, Taneja GS, Haynie DL, Trumble AC, Qian C, Klinger RM, Klevanoff MA. Association between swimming lessons and drowning in childhood: A case-control study. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 2009;163(3):203-10.

2. Yang L, Nong QQ, Li CL, Feng QM, Lo SK. Risk factors for childhood drowning in rural regions of a developing country : a case-control study. Injury Prevention, 2007; 13:178-182

3. Gilchrist J, Parker EM. Racial/ethnic disparities in fatal unintentional drowning among persons aged ≤29 years—United States, 1999–2010. MMWR 2014;63:421–6.

4. http://www.unitedwayalice.org/documents/15UW%20ALICE%20Report_PNW_Lowres_10.27.16.pdf