I am not surprised that some of my blog readers have commented on my recent posting about the book - Contested Waters - and our community municipal pool discussion. I suppose that there are other more highly charged issues like dog lease ordinances, but I did attend (and comment at) city council public hearings relating to this issue. Thanks for your comments - and I again suggest that you consider checking-out Contested Waters at our public library if you are interested in municipal pools and how they can impact a community.
Mike Svetz, Charlottesville's Director of Parks, Recreation & Golf, sent me some information he thought essential to clarify some information about Charlottesville Pools. Here is his comment in its entirety. I am delighted to get these details of the plan from Mr. Svetz and hope this clarifies any misleading or incorrect material I may have posted previously.
And, my thanks to Mike Svetz for reading my posting and providing more detail than I could ever provide.
From Mike Svetz, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Golf - May 22, 2008 via email.
Three major corrections to your blog that must be noted...
1. The current Smith and Crow pools are not "neighborhood" facilities as 78% of users are non-residents. They are in fact "regional community" facilities.
2. The YMCA land lease is for the construction of a 70,000 square foot community recreation center that will have at the very least, all of the following amenities, not just a pool...
gymnasiums (including indoor walking-jogging track)
multi-purpose spaces (including meeting space)
child watch space
family aquatics center and competition pool
3 (AND MOST IMPORTANT). The City is consolidating the operations of the current Smith and Crow pools into a city constructed, city owned and city operated 25,000 square foot NEW SMITH AQUATIC AND WELLNESS CENTER on the campus of Buford School. The following is a brief description of what the NEW Smith facility will offer:
a. 19,000 square foot Family Aquatic Center with:
i. SIX (6) 25 yard lap fitness lanes with a water depth ranging from four (4) feet to approximately thirteen (13) feet.
ii. A zero depth entry to provide accessibility for the pool.
iii. A tot play zone with a water depth ranging from zero to 18 inches deep.
iv. The interactive play structure will be incorporated into the Tot Play zone.
v. A vortex area measuring approximate 17 feet in diameter.
vi. An approximately 80 feet long by 5 feet wide current channel.
vii. A pair of underwater benches has been added within the interior island space of the current channel. These benches have the option to be upgraded from a standard bench seating to a hydrotherapy (or spa like) bench by adding aerated nozzles in the bench back.
viii. Excess open water space has been provided to allow for water basketball and/or water volleyball
ix. Indoor, two-turn water slide.
x. Family Changing Locker rooms
xi. Birthday Party/Classroom
xii. Men’s and Women’s Locker rooms
b. Fitness Center
i. 3-5,000 square feet of exercise and fitness classroom space for use by primarily by seniors, therapeutic population and children (ages 10-15)
c. Customer Care/Office Space
We expect to open this facility by fall of 2010...
THANKS IN ADVANCE for making the corrections...