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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 21, 2018

Lower pool temp counterproductive

By Kevin Keating | May 10, 2018

To the editor:

I write this, an open letter to Parks and Rec, to say I appreciate the good works you do and acknowledge you for your efforts, many unnoticed and behind the scenes. Thank you.

The lowering of air and water temperatures of the indoor pool in recent months, however, is counterproductive to usage, in my opinion.

For example, the bodies of older aqua-exercise participants and shallow-end walkers must now work even harder, just to stay warm.

This diminishes the quality and the amount of their exercise. Plus, a subtle inner message says, “It’s too cold there. I won’t go to the pool.” We lap swimmers also experience this, as do other swimmers. Less usage and participation is the result.

I’ve pretty much used the indoor pool almost daily for over 25 years; and here are some suggestions I hope will be helpful:

1) Keep the water and air temps at the levels they’d been for over 25 years.

2) As I suggested here, in a February 2014 letter, install solar panels atop the pool roof.

3) Since the full-time director, full-time assistant director and full-time recreation supervisor are now doing some custodial tasks, either eliminate one of these three full-time posts, or make all three part-time. And have their cleaning tasks performed by less expensive part-time staff.

4) Reduce the front desk help. The do-it-yourself swipe card check-in works. The job-mandated staff “greetings” don’t.

5) Be truthful with people who ask you for explanations.

6) Welcome and utilize pool members’ feedback. We use the pool far more than you do. Also, know that communities don’t profit financially from every single program. And, that community health is worth most trade-off losses.

7) Eliminate the 20-minute, summertime “sell concessions” break at 4 p.m. Not only does it cut into lap swimmers’ schedules, it’s a peak heat time of day for swimming. Guard breaks can be supplied by a rotating relief guard.

Daily exercise is necessary in maintaining good health for all of us. Yet it can’t be properly done when conditions are economized beyond optimal daily use. Thank you.

 

- Kevin Keating, Fairfield

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