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Santa Ynez community raising money to build new aquatic facility

Posted at 4:11 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 22:00:23-04

Members of the Santa Ynez community are coming together to raise money in order to expand its current aquatic facility at Santa Ynez High School.

Organizers of the Santa Ynez Valley Community Aquatics Complex want to take the existing facility and build two new pools. They will both be open for high school athletics and public use. Some of the activities that the pools will be used for include free swim lessons, Special Olympics practice, competitive swim and water polo and senior therapy.

The pool at Santa Ynez High School has been a staple of the community for more than 50 years.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be $17.5 million. The Santa Ynez Valley Aquatics organization has raised $8.8 million in donations. One person donated $1 million.

The foundation is trying to apply for a $6.3 million state competitive grant, with the City of Buellton and the Santa Ynez School District working together to achieve the Prop 68 CA Park Bond.

The project still needs to raise another $2.4 million to be completed. Organizers are asking the community to help.

“We really encourage you, we still need that support if you can visit us at and learn more and donate today. We’d be very appreciative. You can be a part of making this facility a reality,” said Lisa Palmer, a member of the Santa Ynez Valley Community Aquatics Foundation.

Community members are encouraged to donate to the cause on the Santa Ynez Valley Aquatics Foundation website.