Pools Update with COVID-19

Jessica Rudd

MAC families,

I have been told that opening the pools will be on the agenda tomorrow morning at the City Council study session.

Because of the current public health emergency, the City Council Chambers is closed for Council Meetings. However, the live meeting may be watched on local cable  Mesa channel 11 , online at   Mesa11.com/live ,   www.youtube.com/user/cityofmesa11/live,  or https://www.facebook.com/CityofMesa  or listened to by  calling 888-788-0099 or 877-853-5247 (toll free) using meeting ID 5301232921 and following the prompts .   

 

Thank you for your support,

Meg and Jim

 


 

MAC Swim Families

We want to share information with you and let you know how things are progressing behind the scenes as we work to get our swimmers back into water, when it is prudent and safe.

 

Just like most of you,  we’ve been monitoring the information from across the nation, the state of Arizona, Governor Ducey, The city of Mesa, and Maricopa county.

 

Since the beginning of April we have been working with teams across the country on ideas to return to pools safely. Earlier this week USA Swimming provided A template and set up information regarding safe returns to swim practice - we are posting this information on our website. A few teams across the country returned to the pool this week and many more are planning to return to the pools in the next 2 to 3 weeks

 

Starting in early April we began the following:

We contacted Mayor Giles

We contacted Mesa city Parks and Recreation

We contacted other aquatic coalition members and held a zoom meeting

We reached out to other entities that own and operate pools, including other cities

 

Based on all the information we have been given the Kino and Skyline sites are ideal for the return to the water in a safe fashion.  Both complexes have 32 lanes and wide-open deck space and being outdoors is a plus. We understand that the city of Mesa has some budget constraints that may limit programming at some of the city run facilities this summer.  

It is the goal of Mesa Aquatics Club and the aquatics coalition that the city not encounter any additional costs to open the venues and to allow us to return to practices. 

 

We feel it may be necessary for our families and even our athletes to reach out to the city Council and Mayor Giles as advocates to reopen the facilities for our team.

Opening initially to only the aquatics teams could be a great way to use the facilities and to get programming started once again.

 

None of the coalition teams expect this process to be a burden upon the city

For your information, during the 2019 year, the aquatics coalition programs paid a significant amount of money to the  city of Mesa and the Mesa Public schools.

If reopening under the current circumstances requires additional staffing for monitoring and cleaning we are absolutely willing to pay for it.

 

The coaching staff will hold a zoom for parents to discuss ideas and to provide additional information.

Zoom meeting one will be Thursday evening 5 PM (link will be sent out prior to the meeting)

Zoom meeting two will be Friday morning 7 AM (link will be sent out prior to the meeting)

 

We hope that you can attend one of these meetings.

We hope that you and your family are safe and well and we miss you all,

 

Jim and Meg