Who we are

Friends is a volunteer organization made up of patrons and community members like you who support Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center through advocacy, fundraising, and promotion of health and fitness in our community.  We work to ensure the facility and its programs will be available for generations to come.

New members are always welcome!

Mission:  Enhancing the Vitality of Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center

Vision:  A Healthy Connected Community


The purposes for which Friends is formed are exclusively charitable and educational in supporting Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center District, a municipal corporation and special purpose district in the State of Washington, and the community in which it is located within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and consist of the following:

a. Minimize the burden on taxpayers who are currently paying regular property taxes to pay the Center’s expenses and to maintain and operate the public facility in a state of readiness;

b. Lessen the burden on local and county governments by helping the Center remain open without Washington State, City of Anacortes or additional Skagit County assistance;

c. Decrease the amount of borrowed funds needed to erect new facilities and bring the aging facility into compliance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA) code and safety standards and to make the facilities accessible to senior citizens, people recovering from injuries and young children;

d. Promote wellness, health and safety programs in the community;

e. Support use of the facility by Special Olympics participants, Boys and Girls Club of America, and other similar organizations, encouraging children and teens to engage in healthy recreation, socialization and fitness activities;

f. Obtain special equipment identified by facility staff to support swimming and fitness programs of new swimmers;

g. Provide volunteer support for program activities as needed by Center staff;

h. Aid, support, and assist by gifts, contributions or otherwise, the Center; and

i. Do any and all lawful activities which may be necessary, useful or desirable for the furtherance, accomplishment, fostering or attainment of the foregoing purposes, either directly or indirectly and either alone or in conjunction or cooperation with others, whether such others be persons or organizations of any kind or nature, such as corporations, firms, associations, trusts, institutions, foundations, or governmental bureaus, departments, or agencies.

Friends of Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service and formed to support Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center District, a municipal corporation and special purpose district in Washington state. All documents submitted with Form 1023, including attachments are available for public inspection without charge. A nominal fee will be charged for copying documents and if mailed, postage and handling. Contact rpeterson@fidalgopool.com for assistance. To view our exemption ruling letter issued by the IRS click IRS Determination.

Friends Officers for 2024:

Chair – Jennifer Lewis

Vice-Chair – Christine Mathes

Treasurer – David Hansen

Secretary – Marcia Brooks

Friends meetings are held the second Monday of each month, 5:30-6:30, in the Pool conference room.  Please join us!