SYV Aquatics

Santa Ynez Valley Community Aquatics Center

Connecting Our Community Through Recreation, Competition, & Healthy, Active Living

The Santa Ynez Valley Community Aquatics Complex’s 25-yard recreation pool and 33-meter competition pool will be located on the Santa Ynez High School Campus.

Together they will provide long-needed competitive, active lifestyle, recreational, therapeutic, and water safety programming for Santa Ynez Valley students and community members of all ages and abilities.

SYV Aqatics

Thrive Where You Live:
Competition, Recreation & Therapy


On the Horizon

Over the next 3 years, the Foundation’s agreement with Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District commits us to these milestones, including raising100% of the funds to build and operate this community treasure.

Our Winning Team

Honorary Campaign Chair

Olympian Kami Craig

Executive Committee

Jake Kalkowski
Kelly O’Neill
Lisa Palmer
Bruce Porter
Andrew Schwab, SYVUHSD Superintendent
Krista Stuerman
Gary Thorne

City of Buellton
Dave King, Mayor
John Sanchez, Councilmember
Kristen Thomsen, Recreation

City of Solvang

Elizabeth Orona, Councilmember

SYV Youth Recreation
Frank Kelsey

Programming Partners

Boys & Girls Club
Buellton Recreation
Club Swim & Water Polo
Cottage Rehab
Santa Barbara County Parks
SY Band of Chumash Indians
SYHS Athletics & Physical Education
SYV Youth Rec
Solvang Parks & Rec
Stuart Gildred YMCA
Tribal Health Clinic

Learn More

Fundraising Snapshop

Learn more about the funds needed to bring this aquatics complex to the Valley.

Partnership & Agreement

Architect’s Proposal
Presentation Deck

History & Need

Comparison of public aquatics facilities in Santa Barbara County.

proposed Site Plan

The current design is the culmination of years of stakeholder meetings, design iterations, and budget estimates.

The final design will take advantage of:

  • refurbishing the existing pool for
    community use
  • building a new 33-meter Myrtha pool north of the existing pool
  • utilizing the stainless steel Myrtha pool components, already purchased by the Foundation

The complex also includes restrooms and changing rooms for the community pool and a storage building for the competition pool.

The Need for an Aquatics Complex in the Santa Ynez Valley

No Regulation-Sized Pool for High School Competition

Many parents must drive their kids to practice and competition throughout the county because of the aged, unreliable, and non-regulation play high school pool facilities.

Aging & Inadequate Infrastructure

The deteriorated 50-year-old Santa Ynez High School pool is beyond refurbishment and doesn’t meet current disability or sanctioned competition

No Local Therapy Pools

The community does not have a publicly accessible warm water therapy pool. The majority of local therapy pools are private, costly, and at capacity.

Lack of Access to Wellness & Fitness Activities

There is a lack of affordable and accessible wellness and fitness activities for our aging residents and underserved neighbors.

Aquatics Complex
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