Aquatic Center Timeline

Timeline to Teton Valley Aquatic Center


May 2016 - March 2017:
Determine what the community wants in a pool and/or recreation center.
January 2017 - March 2017:
Determine how much this will cost.
Ongoing
Determine if we can privately fundraise/obtain grants to afford this
March 2017 - ongoing
Modify building plan if budget is not attainable to attain/maintain.
Summer 2017 - ongoing
Fundraise!
Summer 2020 - Summer 2021:
Begin build of Aquatics/ Recreation Center
Happily Ever After:
Enjoy a world class Aquatic and Recreational Center in our own backyard for decades to come!

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