Pools Open to Record Crowds and Heat

Approximately 792 people visited the Quince Orchard Park pool on opening weekend while thousands of others were counted at area pools in Kentlands, Lakelands and the city's Water Park.

The unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend made for the unofficial testing of the pool waters and checking out some of the improvements at Quince Orchard Park, Lakelands and Kentlands community pools.

With so many bodies enjoying the refreshing water, most people didn’t notice the new tile lining the Lakelands pool. The community spent about $50,000 replacing broken tiles and coping stones that line the top 12 inches of the pool.

“One of the main reasons for doing it was to inspect and repair the slab of concrete that lines the pool,” said Paul Lumsden, Lakelands Pool Committee chair.

Lakelands’ pool is now in its 10th year. Lumsden said it is not uncommon to have a deterioration of the concrete base of a pool.

Also at Lakelands there will more shade for swimmers to get a break from the sun. The community is installing a new shade pergola that is 33 feet long by 11 feet wide between the beach entry area and the lap lanes. The pergola cost $8,200 and matches another pergola near the community snack area at the pool. The structure is already in place, and the shade canopy is scheduled to be installed by mid-June, according to Lumsden.

Lifeguards will be sitting in one new lifeguard chair. The chair was replaced due to deterioration, Lumsden said. The other chairs will need to be replaced next summer.

Lakelands residents have a new menu at the pool snack bar. Community Manager Melinda Nickols has taken over management of the snack facility, now staffed by community monitors. Plans call for Mamma Lucia pizza during busy pool days and other new foods to be served there this year. The snack bar is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Board President Any Inkeles donated outdoor speakers to provide a mix of adult contemporary music in the snack bar area this year.

In the ladies’ locker rooms, a new baby changing station was added to match one already installed in the men’s locker room.

The Lakelands pool is open through June 16 and from Aug. 29 to Sept. 5 on an abbreviated scheduled, including Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Summer hours, which run from
June 17 to Aug. 28, are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

A deal struck between Kentlands and Lakelands allows Lakelands residents to use the Kentlands pool before the summer schedule opens at the Lakelands pool.

Kentlands has opened its pool from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. effective Memorial Day weekend. Lap lanes in Kentlands are open from 6 to 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

That means Lakelands residents can show their activity pass to use the Kentlands pool this year. The Lakelands Community Association paid the Kentlands Citizens’ Assembly $750 for the privilege.

“Last year we thought it would be nice for the Lakelands residents to have a pool option in the morning but realized it would be very expensive to open our pool early for the first two weeks of June. We approached the Kentlands about us using their pool from open until 3 p.m. until school is out for the summer,” Lumsden said.

If all goes well, Lumsden said the option may be extended into the fall and repeated next spring.

At the Kentlands pool there was little required maintenance over the winter to be ready for summer this year, according to Community Manager Randy Fox.

Aside from replacing filters and skimmers, Fox said he anticipates a smooth pool season.

Swimmers at Quince Orchard Park have a new option to take swim lessons in their pool provided by Joe Flaherty’s Dolphins. This is the first year the community pool has entered into a swim lesson agreement. The program will run from June 20 to
Aug. 16, according to Dante Jofferion, property manager for Quince Orchard Park.

Lessons are offered to swimmers ages 3 and older on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays for 45 minutes per class.

Quince Orchard Park has a six-lane 25-meter pool that has been open since 2002.

The community has hired RSV Pools Inc. as its pool service this year. RSV now provides pool management at all three local communities.

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