Opening Day – Saturday May 14th

Ready, set…  It’s almost time. Opening day is this coming Saturday. The long-anticipated, hopeful to be as normal as possible summer swim season is almost here. Are you ready? I’d like to think I am, but I certainly hope we see some warmer weather soon!

As we enter our third summer of operations with COVID I want to encourage all members and staff to be aware of physical distancing, and to be respectful of others in and out of the pool. While face masks are now optional, our responsibility in keeping the Wedgwood Pool a safe place is paramount. I want to reiterate that if you, or someone in your family tests positive for COVID, has symptoms or an exposure, please stay home and get tested. When you are feeling better, you can come on down and enjoy the pool. 

As a staff we will be following these guidelines compiled from the CDC and we encourage you to do the same.

Now let’s get to when the pool will be open… for the first weekend the pool will operate on our typical early season schedule. 
 
Sat 14th
Open Swim 12:15pm-7pm
 
Sun 15th
Adult Laps 11am – 12pm
Open Swim 12:15 – 7pm
 
On the Monday-Friday following, we will operate on a modified schedule, only being open for Adult Laps. 
 
Mon 16th – Fri 20th
Adult Laps 4:30 – 7pm
Swim Team 7 – 9:15pm (M-Th)
 
Please note that during this first week of operations, the pool will only be open to members. 
 
Beginning Saturday May 21st the schedule starts to look more like our normal pre-COVID early season schedule has in the past. Weekend hours will remain unchanged. Guests will be also be permitted starting on the 21st.
 
Sat 21st
Adult Laps 11am – 12pm
Open Swim 12:15 – 7pm
 
Sun 22nd
Adult Laps 11am – 12pm
Open Swim 12:15 – 7pm
 
The weekday schedule starting on the 23rd will see the return of Adult Afternoon Laps, as well as a bit of Open Swim time before swim team practice as well. 
 
Mon 23rd – Thur 26th
Adult Laps 2:30 – 3:30pm
Open Swim 3:30 – 6pm
Swim Team 6 – 9:15pm

Fri 27th
Adult Laps 2:30 – 3:30pm
Open Swim 3:30 – 7pm

Memorial Day Weekend, May 28th – 30th
Adult Laps 11am – 12pm
Open Swim 12:15 – 7pm
 
Early Morning Laps will begin on Tuesday, May 31st and run Monday – Friday, 6 – 8am. Please note that starting on Monday, June 20th, Early Morning Laps will then run 6 – 7am.

Aerobics will also return starting the week of June 20th.
 
The most up-to-date calendar of pool hours and activities can be found here.
 
Now there are a couple of things to be aware of the first of which is a good news bad news thing. The good is that we are just finishing up the installation of new starting blocks for our swim team. The bad is that we will not have a diving board this year. The diving board project was initially started last fall, but due to of a combination of problems with permitting, coupled with supply chain issues, the installation of the new board had to be shelved until a later date.

We have also removed the two outdoor pull handle showers and have installed another one of the more permanent showers. There are now two identical showers on the wall outside.


 
There are still dozens of other things left to do between now and Saturday, but things are falling into place. We will be ready for the opener.

It’s good to be back. See you at the pool!
 

Raab 
  


Swim Team:

  • Last Call for Swim Team Registration – http://www.teamunify.com/MemRegStart.jsp?team=recssw If you can’t log in or don’t have an account set up, please send a request to swimteam@wwpool.org
  • Swimsuit Try-Ons, May 16th from 6:30-8pm. This is for all ages. Because we may have to switch to TYR suits this year due to Speedo supply chain/labor challenges, we encourage folks to try suits on for size. 
  • We will have a “New to Swim Team” Informational Zoom meeting on April 21st at 7pm.   All Team Unify account members will be notified and you can always request information or an invitation from swimteam@wwpool.org
  • Evening Practices start May 16th for Ages 11 and up, 10 and unders will start on May 23rd.
  • Home meets will be on June 21, June 23, June 30th, July 14, July 19

 


 
Swim Lessons:
 
Group Swim Lessons Information:
We are excited to be able to offer all levels (preschool 1 through Intermediate 3) for group swim lessons for summer, 2022! . 
 
Lesson Registration 2022:
We will be doing a hybrid of online and in person registration this year. Non-members will register for swim lessons using the online platform (Team Unify-Sports Engine). However, in order to ensure that WW pool members still receive priority registration for group lessons, members will have the opportunity to register in person/by phone prior to the online registration opening to non-members for each session. 
 
For session 1 member registration will be on Wednesday June 1st.   

  • 6-7pm: In person member registration at the pool 
  • 7-8pm: members can call the pool to register over the phone (206-523-8211) 

 
In order to make this process go smoothly for session 1, please email Julie Lockhart, the lesson coordinator, at: wwlessoncoordinator@gmail.com as soon as possible so that she can help you get your team unify account set up prior to member registration on June 1st. 
(Note, if you already have a swim team team unify account you can use the same email, but you will need to set up a new account for swim lessons!)
Group lessons will run Monday-Thursday and sessions will be two weeks long. 
There will be 5 sessions during the summer. 

  • Session 1: June 20th – June 30th
  • Session 2: July 5th – July 14th (no lessons Monday, July 4th)
  • Session 3: July 18th – July 28th
  • Session 4: August 1st – August 11th
  • Session 5: August 15th – August 25th ( depending on staffing this may be a 1 week session)

Morning lesson schedule (Lessons will be offered in 30 minute increments).

  • 9:40am – 10:10am
  • 10:15am-10:45am
  • 10:55am-11:25am
  • 11:30am-12:00pm

2022 Group lesson prices: (note: we will prorate for session 2 – 4th of July holiday)
Non-member group lessons: $100 
Member group lessons: 35% off the Non-member rate ($65.00)  
Please email Julie Lockhart at wwlessoncoordinator@gmail.com with any additional questions about swim lessons!
 

Landscape Party Reminder

Landscape Party/Grounds Clean Up – This Saturday April 23rd from 9am-3pm. We require 3 hours of work per family and in return you will not be billed for the $50 landscape fee in 2023. Bring weeding and pruning tools if you have them available.

Stephen Ramaley WW Landscape
sjramaley@gmail.com

February Update

We are looking forward to the pool opening in just three months!

Membership Dues
REMINDER:  Membership dues and Senior Swimmer fees must be paid before March 1st to avoid a $100 late payment penalty.  Invoices were emailed to your primary email address in January, please contact Membership (membership@wwpool.org) if you anticipate difficulty with this deadline.

Landscape Parties are Back
There will be two landscape parties this year, March 5th and April 23rd.

We require 3 hours of work per family. In return families will not be billed for the $50.00 landscape fee in 2023. Hours are 9am to 3pm. Some less physical duties available. We really need two people (one each day), with a laptop to check people in (light duty) so hopefully you could stay for the day.

On Mar 5, bring gloves and 5 gallon buckets if you have them, label with your name-so you get them back. We need everyone we can get, to spread chips bucket brigade style on our planted beds. No other tools needed. Kid friendly.

On April 23, a less physical day. Bring weeding, light pruning tools, if you can, the pool has some but never enough for all. This will be general cleanup and tidying, some hill climbing required-east of the parking lot. Kid friendly.

Stephen Ramaley sjramaley@gmail.com

WWAY Update
The Wedgwood Pool Board of Directors authorized a volunteer committee, the Wedgwood All Year or WWAY committee, to move forward with a feasibility study to answer questions such as:

  • Facility needs – what upgrades to the physical plant would be required to operate during colder weather?
  • Permit requirements – what will the City need to know before considering a permit application to extend pool operations?
  • Operational options – when would the pool be open? Who will be using the pool?
  • Communications and engagement – how will information be shared and how can members and near neighbors provide input? What strategies could help mitigate impacts to the neighborhood?
  • Finances – how could an extended season operate in a revenue neutral way without increasing dues for summer members who do not participate?

You can find a copy of the full WWAY Feasibility Analysis Scope of Work here. The WWAY committee is working to answer these questions and others that arise to determine if this project is feasible. If it is determined to be feasible, Full members of the pool would be asked to vote on whether to authorize an extended season program. Our process will be slow and deliberate. While we are still trying to determine how long the Feasibility Study will take, we estimate it could last at least eight months.

Keep in mind that members would be able to opt in to the extended season by paying additional fees. Members happy to swim only in the summer would not be charged for the extended season. The program would be revenue neutral or revenue positive to Wedgwood Pool.

We plan to use these monthly emails to share with you the information we are learning and to solicit your input and questions.

Question of the month: What do you want the WWAY committee to research and share with you before you decide on an extended season program?   Email your thoughts and questions to: WWAYexplore@gmail.com Note the new email address that we will be using going forward! We will share a summary of what we heard and provide answers to common questions in future communications.

Finally, check out our developing WWAY website (WWAY Website) where we will post information as we learn it.

Thank you!
Your Wedgwood Pool Board

Landscape Parties are Back

There will be two landscape parties this year, March 5th and April 23rd.
We require 3 hours of work per family. In return familes will not be
billed for the $50.00 landscape fee in 2023. Hours are 9am to 3pm. Some
less physical duties available. We really need 2 people-one each day, with a
laptop to check people in (light duty) so hopefully you could stay for the day.

On Mar 5, bring gloves and 5 gallon buckets if you have them, label with your
name-so you get them back. We need everyone we can get, to spread chips
bucket brigade style on our planted beds. No other tools needed. Kid friendly.

-Landscape party for April put in April newsletter
On April 23, a less physical day. Bring weeding, light pruning tools, if you can,
the pool has some but never enough for all. This will be general cleanup and
tidying, some hill climbing required-east of the parking lot. Kid friendly.

Stephen Ramaley sjramaley@gmail.com

Happy Holiday Weekend

The end of the season is rapidly approaching and from the look of the forecast our summer weather is also about to take a turn late next week as well. Closing day is Sunday, September 12th so there’s still a little bit of time to come on down and hop in the pool.
 
We are no longer scheduling larger groups for the remainder of the season, and up until the last weekend our guest limit of 5 per family per visit should remain in effect. Also the last weekend of operations will be for members only.

Please double check the hours listed below and/or the calendar here before coming down as we are now operating on a reduced schedule.
 
Enjoy it while you can!
 

 
Raab
 

Steve on Landscaping…
 
WW Landscape Parties Sept 18 Sept 25
 

  • Time 10am to 3pm
  • Check in at the pool office so I know you attended and indicate whether you want a refund of your landscape fee, or to donate it to the pool reline fund.
  • Restroom open-bring a mask. You must mask up indoors. Hand Sanitizer in the lobby.
  • Please no children/children under vaccination age. This will be heavy work and power saws will be in operation-weeding-cleaning up (wear gloves, we have some trash to pick up) and a lot of big branches to haul to the parking lot. This will all take place in the south bed-outside the fence-landscape. 
  • Bring hand saws/battery operated Saws-all, if you have one (I will have blades for you) pruners-loppers/weeding tools/and above all, gloves.

 
Given the state of life today, I am suspending the 3-hour rule. Work as much as you can or longer if you want. Worried about Covid? I understand- see you in the spring.

— 
Steve sjramaley@gmail.com
 


 
Saturday, Sept 4th (no large group reservations)

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm
  • Open Swim 12:15-8pm

Sunday, Sept 5th (no large group reservations)

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm
  • Open Swim 12:15-8pm

Monday, Sept 6th (no large group reservations)

  • Ping Pong Tourney 12 and Under 10am, 13 and Up noon
  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm
  • Open Swim 12:15-7pm

Tuesday, Sept 7th (no large group reservations)

  • Adult Afternoon Laps 1:30-3:30pm
  • Open Swim 3:30-7pm

Wednesday, Sept 8th (no large group reservations)

  • Adult Afternoon Laps 1:30-3:30pm
  • Open Swim 3:30-7pm

Thursday, Sept 9th (no large group reservations)

  • Adult Afternoon Laps 1:30-3:30pm
  • Open Swim 3:30-7pm

Friday, Sept 10th (no group reservations)

  • Adult Afternoon Laps 1:30-3:30pm
  • Open Swim 3:30-7pm

Saturday, Sept 11th (members only)

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm
  • Open Swim 12:15-7pm

Sunday, Sept 12th (members only)

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm
  • Open Swim 12:15-5pm

 

What’s Happening

The feel of fall is definitely in the air, and school is about to start. There’s still a bit of time to swim at the pool but at this point, summer sure seems to be winding down and what a great summer it’s been.

Just a reminder that this Thursday the pool will be closing at 5:45pm for water polo matches. 

The last day for aerobics will be this Friday, and early morning lap swim will end next week on the 31st. Then beginning Wednesday, Sept. 1st, operations will shift to a reduced schedule.

The Labor Day weekend ping pong tourney is coming together and I will post an update on our Facebook page as soon as I have more details.

Get wet while you can!

Raab

 

Thursday, August 26th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Water Polo 11:45-1pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-5:45

  • Water Polo Matches 6-9pm

Friday, August 27th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Water Polo 9:30-11am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 12-12:45pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Saturday, Aug 28th

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Sunday, August 29th

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Monday, August 30th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Water Polo 11:45-1pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Tuesday, August 31st

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Water Polo 11:45-1pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Wednesday, September 1st (no large group reservations)

  • Adult Afternoon Laps 1:30-3:30pm

  • Open Swim 3:30-7pm

Thursday, September 2nd (no large group reservations)

  • Adult Afternoon Laps 1:30-3:30pm

  • Open Swim 3:30-7pm

Friday, September 3rd (no group reservations)

  • Adult Afternoon Laps 1:30-3:30pm

  • Open Swim 3:30-8pm

This week at WW

From the Manager

Things pretty much remain unchanged from last week, hopefully without the smoke! Please remember that the pool will be closing early on Thursday at 5:45 for water polo matches. 

The long awaited pool directory is now available in the pool office! Please note that our near neighbor members were unintentionally left out of the directory this year. Our hope is to have the 2022 directory done early next season at which time this will be corrected.


Raab


 

Monday, August 16th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Water Polo 11:45-1pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Tuesday, August 17th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Water Polo 11:45-1pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Wednesday, August 18th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Water Polo 11:45-1pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Thursday, August 19th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Water Polo 11:45-1pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-5:45

  • Water Polo Matches 6-9pm

Friday, August 20th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Water Polo 9:30-11am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 12-12:45pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Saturday, Aug 21st

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Sunday, August 22nd

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

     


 

Looking Ahead

  • The last day for aerobics will be on the 27th

  • Early morning laps swim will wrap up for the season on the 31st
  • Shortened season schedule changes coming Sept 1st
  • The pool will close for the season on the 12th of September

The pool remains open for now…

The air quality has been up and down between about 155 and 145 for the last hour, currently the numbers are trending downward. Things are currently touch and go at he moment but for now the pool remains open. We will continue to monitor and let you know if/when the pool will be closing.