The Community Aquatics Center

The indoor Community Aquatics Center is a strategic partnership between Dorchester School District Two and the Summerville Family YMCA that will offer year-round aquatic programming for the whole community to enjoy. The funding to build the Aquatics Center is planned as an attachment of the $180 million school improvement referendum that will be presented to voters within the Dorchester District Two on November 6, 2012.

Did You Know…

• Each day in the U.S., nine people drown.

• Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental injury-related death among children ages 1-14.

60% of African-American children, 56% of Hispanic children and 30% of Caucasian children can’t swim

• Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children.

The Community Aquatics Center is designed to meet the needs the entire community providing school programs, medical rehabilitation programs as well as YMCA water safety instruction programs. It is a strategic vision that will improve the health and well-being of the community that it serves.


The funding to build the Community Aquatics Center is planned as part of the $180 million bond referendum that will be presented to Dorchester District Two voters on November 6, 2012. The attachment to the bond referendum for the schools that will be allocated to this project is a total of $7.5 million. The annual cost to tax payers will be $2 a year on a $100,000 house.

Economically Speaking…

• The Community Aquatics Center will employ up to 100 full and part-time jobs.

• It will generate $100,000 per year in local, state and federal tax revenues, and $500,000 in spending money for the community.

• Increase in tourism as swim meets will be held by the teams using the facility generating spending money within our community.

• The Community Aquatics Center will provide area residents with a facility that is owned by the community and provides the community with a sense of pride.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the cost of the Community Aquatic Center? What is the cost to tax payers?

A. The construction cost is $7.5 million…the annual cost to tax payers will $2 a year on a $100,000 house.

Q. What is the cost to operate the Aquatic Center? Who pays for the operation costs?

A. The YMCA will incur all functional costs and manage the daily operations. The YMCA will not use any tax dollars for the operations of the Aquatic Center. The cost of operations is about $850,000 annually.

Q. Will the Aquatic Center be open for public use?

A. Yes. The Aquatic Center will be available for the whole community to use…not just YMCA members or the school system.

Q. Where will the Aquatic Center be located?

A. The YMCA and DD2 are looking at multiple sites, including the Oakbrook area and the Pine Trace property behind the Coastal Center.

Community Aquatics Center Inside

Community Aquatics Center Outside

Q. Is the YMCA going to teach school children to swim?

A. Yes…with this new indoor Community Aquatic Center, the YMCA will be able to implement a Learn to Swim program for all second or third grade boys and girls in the school district. The YMCA will teach these 1000 students basic swim lessons and water/pool safety procedures and teach them a life saving skill. The cost associated to teach these children will be the responsibility of the YMCA.


Ballot Questions

P&C:Dorchester Aquatics Facility Also on Ballot

P&C:Dorchester Aquatics Center is Up to Voters

SJS:What A Swim Center Partnership Could Mean

SJS:Aquatic Center Focus is on Community Quality of Life

Questions? Comments? More Information? Please contact Gary Lukridge.


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