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Students from Teton Valley are currently bused to Green Canyon Hot Springs for lessons because it's the closest aquatic center to the school.

At the beginning of the year, Teton Valley Aquatics (TVA) sent out a survey to all residents of the valley to gauge community support for a new pool and different ways to possibly fund it. In upcoming public meetings, TVA will reveal its findings and get the conversation started with the community.

“The more the community is present during this planning process, the better we will be able to receive comments, as well as provide accurate information about our effort,” said TVA board member Kelly Sadauckas.

The survey asked respondents about their views regarding a pool in Teton Valley and their willingness to help pay for one. The survey also revealed how often residents are using other area aquatics centers such as the Jackson pool, the Grand Targhee pool, and Green Canyon Hot Springs, and what features and programs they would most likely use and attend.

The nonprofit heard back from approximately one third of valley households.

One result that surprised TVA was that of the households that responded, a third of them included a non-swimmer. Statistically, children of a non-swimmer only have a one in six chance of learning to swim. This fits with TVA’s mission to help more community members learn to swim and prevent children from drowning.

“For more surprises we found in the survey results and more information about planning efforts, see you at the meetings,” said Sadauckas.

As with all public projects that cost money, the pool has its supporters and its detractors. In heated public Facebook conversations, some valley residents have expressed the concern that taxpayers will have to take on the burden of pool operation and upkeep. These meetings are the opportunity to discuss TVA’s actual intentions rather than speculating.

“TVA wants to let people in on the process because we feel that past efforts may not have gained as much momentum because Teton Valley's communities didn't feel heard,” said Sadauckas. “If individuals have concerns, we want to know what they are. If people have ideas on what they have liked or disliked in other centers, tell us.”

TVA will also be announcing the winner of a $100 Peaked Sports gift card at the meetings. Everyone who responded to the survey is eligible to win.

Meeting schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 18, 5:30 p.m. Alta library
  • Thursday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. Driggs library
  • Friday, April 21, 5:00 p.m. Victor library

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