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Rinc rec swim closed 6/8/08

Original post made by Jake, Midtown, on Jun 8, 2008

Today 6/8/08 - the Rinconada Big Pool was closed again for Recreational
Swimming, reason given: "pumping issues". The small pool was open, and the Big Pool was opened after Rec Swim, only for Lap Swimming. Questions
1) How did a "pumping issue" not impact the small pool? 2) Why did
this problem not impact lap swim? 3) Were there enough staff to run both pools without a "pumping issue"? I certainly hope line level staff
have not been compelled to cover for a management issue.

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Posted by Worked there for 10 years
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 10, 2008 at 10:01 am

When the pools were remodeled they were put on separate pumps. Sometimes if there are issues, they call out maintenance on the weekends. I can imagine on a hot day this would be a good call, overtime and all. The pool cannot legally open without the pump going for filtration - so I would like to assume it was fixed between the time rec swim was over and lap started.

If it is a staffing issue- they shouldn't lie about it. This time of year is hard to staff though since most of the summer staff are students and undergo an intensive week long training, probably next week and they rely on year round staff to work weekends. The number of year-rounders may not be enough to cover both pools on a hot day.

Just some insight...

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Posted by Arden Pennell
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Jun 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Arden Pennell is a registered user.


According to Annie Bunten of the arts, parks and recreation department, the Rinconada big pool was closed Sunday due to a staffing shortage. High school seniors normally working as lifeguards were at baccalaureate ceremonies that day, she said.

The majority of pool lifeguards are high school students, she said.

To explain the pool's opening to lap swimmers later in the day, Bunten said lap swimming requires far fewer lifeguards than free swimming.

While the pool wouldn't have been closed if staff had been available, pumping concerns played a role, according to Bunten.
When too many people enter the pool at once, the water spills out and floods gutters. Then, staff members must ask swimmers to get out for 15 minutes or longer so pumps can clear gutters, she said. Pool staff expected many visitors on the hot Sunday and worried the pool couldn't handle the volume, which may be why they cited pumping as the reason for closure, she said.

Last summer, Rinconada Pool was also closed due to short staffing, but Bunten said that isn't expected this summer.
"[Lifeguards] have busy Palo-Alto-high-school kids' lives and we do the best we can to constantly provide the services to the best of our ability, and we don't anticipate having issues in the summer," she said.

I hope that explains things a little. Arden

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Posted by Jake
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 16, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Thankyou Arden, for checking into this. It took an inquiry from
your newspaper last summer, to find out why the pool was closed.
The simple fact is: for the last several summers, the pool has
been unable to open Recreational Swim Hours because of LACK of
STAFF ! How can it be said more clearly? We are turning away
our youth at the pool door!
PS - before you believe the "full gutter myth", check with the person who actually does/is in charge of the maintenance. If there is a grain of truth to this, we should ask how we suddenly have a swimming
pool that can't accept swimmers. - Jake

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