The Bandon Swimming Pool Development Corporation Board of Directors:

  • has a Feasibility Study by TSE Consulting
  • has purchased 10 acres of land south and adjacent to the City Park
  • is forming a pool co-op structure: people who use the pool will pay for it by joining the co-op
  • is in the process of developing plans for a basic indoor pool and fitness facility
  • is building a strong support group, “LOOP” (Loving of Our Pool), for guidance and fundraising
  • continues to write grants and pursue fundraising
  • welcomes community input and support


Meet the Board:

  • Caroline Mitchell, President
  • Dan Green, Vice President
  • Myra Lawson, Secretary
  • Ann King, Treasurer
  • And Members at Large


Current status and finances.

Future Home of the Bandon Aquatic Center:

Map of the Bandon Aquatic Center:

1936                              Natatorim Burned with Town

1945-1960’s             Various Citizens Committees, Fundraisers

1980’s                          City of Bandon Committee: City Manager, Bill Russell from City Council, Lions Club members.

1990’s                          Bond to form a Recreation District: Failed

2005                             Michael Sterling with help from Bill Russell formed 501-C3 non-profit Bandon Community Swimming Pool Development Corporation

2006                             Bandon School District 54 promises property on Hwy 101 near High School for long term $1.00 per year lease.

2005-2007               Many grants received, fundraisers successful. Costs incurred: Architect Fees, insurance, wetland studies, surveys, engineering.

2008                             Recession, most grants stop

2012                             Bond election, lawyer and court fees. Bond failed

                                         School district retracted property deal.

                                        10 acres purchased with vision that it bordered City Park and that City might trade for Park property and Pool Board could sell some of acreage.

2012-2014               New Board members, new ideas: Pool supported by a co-op and run by Board with professional employees.

2015                            May 15, meeting at Library 50+ attending, support group formed:

                                        LOOP (now 435 members)

                                        Fundraising continued, endowments, pledges

                                       Two members attended “How to Build a Pool” by USA Swimming in Montana. “More than half swimming pools in US are non-profit board administered and fee supported.”

2016                            Feasibility Study:

                                       9000 Population: Port Orford, Coquille, Bandon north past Bandon Dunes. $250,000 year for indoor solar heated pool(s), Paid Staff: I manager, 4-6 part time employees.

                                       $40.00 per month from 500 members of co-op= $200,000 per year. Added funds from fund raisers and pass holders, punch cards.