Glenwood Gazette: June 9, 2011

Glenwood Gazette

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Hello Glenwood Families,

Mother Nature has certainly cooperated with pool weather as the season opens! We’re glad to see so many old friends returning and welcome our new members to the pool community. We hope you enjoy your summer at Glenwood — as you do, please keep the following in mind.

PARKING LOT SAFETY & COURTESY

Upper Lot:  Glenwood is fortunate to be among the few pools with ample parking for our membership. Please remember that, in addition to the main lot in front of the pool entrance, we also have additional parking behind the pool, too, You can access the upper lot by driving up Hayden Drive to the elementary school under construction and following the gravel driveway to our parking spaces there.

Street Parking:  If both lots are full and you park on the street, please be considerate of the neighbors’ driveways and don’t block them. Drive slowly on the neighborhood streets, too — we know you’re in a hurray to get to the pool, but please pay attention to kids on bikes, skateboards, and their own two feet making their way around the ‘hood.

Main Lot Etiquette:  Yes, there is such a thing. First and foremost, the parking spaces closest to the pool entrance are reserved for handicapped users, board members and staff. That’s it.  If you do not fit into one of those three categories, please don’t park OR wait there. We need to keep that area clear for emergency vehicles and deliveries.

The place for swimmer pick-up and drop-off is Tiger Rock, which is at the pool end of the main lot just before the drop to the lower parking area. It’s labeled with a sign and features a nice big rock for your swimmer to perch on. We have seen some scary near-misses as drivers barrel into the lower lot to pick up their children while other kids are milling around the entrance and exit gates. Please pick them up at Tiger Rock instead.

Finally, please park in the designated parking spaces. Don’t park on the grass.

INSIDE THE POOL GROUNDS

More rules, but we want to keep the place safe and clean for everyone. So at the staff’s request, please especially note the following:

* NO GLASS in the pool area. Anywhere. Ever.
* NO FOOD on the pool deck. Eat at the tables and benches all around the perimeter, under the snack bar pavilion and on the back deck behind the snack bar. Those places are usually shadier anyway.
* NO Chairs at the edge of the pool. Please keep your chairs away from the side of the pool, as they can block the guards’ lines of vision.

ACTIVITIES

Early Bird Swim started Monday, June 6 and is open to members ($50) and non-members ($100). On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the pool opens at 6:00 AM for adults-only lap lane swimming until 7:30 am. This program will run at least until early August and may be extended if there is sufficient interest and staff available. Come down early to get your laps in before the work day begins!

Group Swim Lessons begin on June 20 and will run for three, two-week sessions. Classes will be held in half-hour sections between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm Monday through Friday (except for July 4). Taught by Glenwood lifeguards, these small group lessons are for kids of all ages and will be coordinated by Assistant Manager Sean Hennigan and Pool Operator Tessa Tripodi. Cost is $50/session for members and $75/session for non-members.

Each session will be preceded by screening to identify the level at which your child should start (pre-beginner, beginner I, beginner 2 or advanced beginner) — here are the dates:

Session 1– June 20 to July 1
Screening dates: Fri., June 10 5-7pm, and Sat., June 1, 1-3pm

Session 2 — July 5-15
Screening dates: Sat., June 25 5-7pm and Sun., June 26, 1-3pm

Session 3 — July 18-29
Screening dates: Sat., July 9 5-7pm and Sun., July 10 1-3pm

Swim and Dive Teams have begun for another season and will soon be starting their competitions. Keep in mind that home swim meets affect pool hours during the summer — this year, we will have four home weekend meets that will delay pool openings until noon on June 11, July 2, 9 and 10. Glenwood will also host three Wednesday evening meets, for which the pool will close at 4:45 pm on July 6, 13 and 20. Dive meets do not affect general pool operations, but the diving well is closed during home meets.

MEMBERSHIP

By now you should have paid your dues and upload family pics into your membership account. The dynamic duo of Membership Director Kathleen Enright and Webmaster Tim Hermans have worked hard to get our membership files in shape, but some of you have not uploaded your photos yet. Please get your membership in order this week so that our staff and board can close this chapter of pool operations — you won’t be able add pictures after this weekend.

Coming Next Time:  Social Events, Tiger Tales, and Other Odds and Ends.  Questions — email your Gazette editor at karen@glenwoodpool.org.


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