We care very much about how our residents are affected and try to balance the needs of the whole community. With a population of nearly 5,500 residents, not everyone will be satisfied with the hours we set, but we do strive to meet the needs of as many as possible.
Please be assured that this was not an arbitrary change, but was carefully considered as a way to expand pool hours without significantly increasing our operating costs. ALSO NOTE: Based on community feedback, the new hours for open swim will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with lap swim from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
A few facts:
1) Expanded pool hours: The pool will be open 20% more each week than it was before.
2) More open swim time: We added 10 more hours per week of open swim.
3) More lap swim time: We added 3 more hours per week of lap swim.
4) Movie Night: We added Movie Night with BBQ on Wednesday nights as an additional community event.
Reasons for changing open evening swim and lap swim:
1) Many residents who work full time had no opportunity to use the pool for lap swim. By the time they would return from work, have something to eat and arrive at the pool, there was not enough time to swim laps. For families that want to use the pool after work, they now have the option to have a meal at the pool while enjoying the pool with family. We also added open swim on Movie Night until 9:30 p.m. This isn’t a perfect solution, but it supports the objective of providing more benefit for more people.
2) Open swim requires more guards to provide a safe environment and thus is more expensive to operate. By having open swim during lunch and dinner times, we now have an additional meal option for residents — this adds convenience for families and will generate a small increase in revenue to offset the costs of being open extra hours. (This wouldn’t be the same for lap swim at that time, as lap swimmers are swimming and not making use of the snack shack.)
3) Guards will not have to stay after the pool closes to the public. With the old schedule, guards were actively watching the pool until the pool closed and would then need to perform closing tasks. With lap swim at the end of the day, these tasks can be completed while lap swim is occurring and reduces our costs slightly to help offset being open more hours.
These are not easy decisions and it is difficult to balance the desires of all residents. I ask everyone to please keep in mind that different residents want to use the pool for different purposes. By making these changes we are expanding pool hours for ALL residents, whether they want to use the pool for lap swim or open swim.
There is no perfect answer and some residents will be disappointed with the new schedule (as some are with the current schedule), but overall, I feel the enhanced hours better meet the needs of the community as a whole.
General Manager, YLOA