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Rinconada Rec swim unopen

Original post made by Jake, Midtown, on May 19, 2008

Yesterday, ( 5/18/08 ) the Rinconada Big Pool was unable to open for
Recreational Swimming because of lack of staff. At the end of last
summer, Paul Losch ( of Park and Rec Commission )had a meeting with City
Management to discuss staffing issues, at which time he was apparently
told this matter was a figment of the swimming publics' imagination -
( as predicted by a post by Heavenly Palo Alto ). So the this summer
I have resolved to do what City Management is unwilling to do:
document this problem with the hope of finding a solution.

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 20, 2008 at 8:44 am

Just guessing this - but most of the lifeguard staff is probably college kids (still in school) and high school kids (really busy with the last few weeks leading up to finals. I'm also guessing that the private pools pay a lot better then the city.

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Posted by David C.
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on May 20, 2008 at 10:36 am

I too attended the "recreational" swim on Sunday the 18th and was upset to see that once again the large pool was lap swimming only. I enjoy the diving board for personal use, and for the entertainment value it provides. I am thankful that I had not brought my 14 year old daughter and a carload of her friends, they would have been very disappointed as I am sure were the dozens of kids that were forced to entertain themselves in a couple feet of water. i do not use the Rinconada pool that frequently; however, this same "closure" did occur a couple times last year, and I hope that this weekends' "lap-swim" does not become a pattern. I was told tht there was not enough staff. Why?

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Posted by Tania
a resident of another community
on May 20, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Raise the fee!

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Posted by Paul Losch
a resident of Community Center
on May 24, 2008 at 5:36 pm

I don't know that the current report around staffing stems from the same or similar explanation that was provided last year when this question came up.

The issue from a community member standpoint, of course, is that pool is not available for use, and the "reason" is really not important. It also is a matter of what commitments and expectations there are, and I must admit I do not know until I check into it further what the public has been told to expect this year around the pool's schedule and availability for use.

I don't think was transpired last season was described by me as a figment of people's imagination. My recollection is that it was a combination of the need for staff to attend a safety program, and a lack of back up staff to cover while they did that. I was concerned that nothing systemic was contributing to the closure, and this explanation satisfied me that it was indeed not systemic, but just one of those things that happens from time to time.

The public is entitled to know what the pool's hours and other guidelines will be as the warm weather season comes upon us, and the City should be expected to meet its service commitments based on that information. I don't think it can assure that there never will be a set of circumstances that causes an unscheduled closure of the pool during its busy time of year, but that is a pretty drastic measure, not one I think city staff does unless it has no alternative.

Please keep me informed if you believe that the service commitment the city has made around pool operations is not being met, I will be happy to look into it if there appears to be a chronic problem that has developed.

Paul Losch
Parks and Recreation Commission

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