Club Update as of 05.16.2020 (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Hello VRSTC!

Great news. Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” guidelines were updated on May 14 to include staffed tennis facilities (public and private). We will be opening our tennis courts beginning tomorrow Sunday, May 17. Our tennis court hours will be 7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. daily. 

What the club will be doing to help keep everyone safe and following the guidelines:

  • We will have a staff person / staff monitor on site who will sign each person in and will collect contact information (first name, last name, physical address and telephone number).
  • Our staff will be wearing a mask with all interactions with you.
  • The staff person will also be wiping down high touchpoint areas in between reservations, enforcing recommended social distancing.
  • We will also have a hand sanitizing station. We would love it if you could bring your own because supplies are limited.

What we need members to do:

  • Please wear a mask when interacting with our staff. Please be kind to each other.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer to use during your tennis time, if you have some, as we have a limited supply.
  • Each player must BYOB (Bring Your Own Balls). Use your own tennis balls while you are serving.
  • No touching each other’s tennis balls.
  • Please bring $7 cash or check for your guest fee payment, if you are bringing a guest for singles play. The court monitor will collect it when you and your guest sign in to play. Once the pool is open, you will be able to pay at the office with cash, check, gift card or credit card. Thank you for honoring the guest fee, as it will help pay for the new court monitor position.

To abide by the guidelines, here are the rules for play:

  • Only singles tennis is allowed if players are from different households
  • Doubles tennis only allowed when all four members are from the same household.

If you are new to reserving a court time, you will need to register at: https://bit.ly/2zFYIpp  Once approved, you may make one reservation per week (per person). You may make another reservation after playing the first reservation in the same week. You may have only one reservation at a time. 

We will meet all of the guidelines set by the state for a soft opening for tennis in Phase 1. If we do not abide by these rules and violate the requirements that are given, we could be shut down. Please do your best to monitor yourself and your fellow tennis players. Phase 2 will bring in doubles tennis (of members not from the same household), as well as flights, all while continuing the same social distance guidelines.  

For the full Outdoor Recreation Phase 1 Clarifications and Phase 2 COVID-19 Requirements, please read them here: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19Phase1and2OutdoorRecreationGuidance.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

We have no new information regarding opening for swimming, which currently remains in Phase 3. We have met with local swim organizations who are trying to get some sort of soft opening in Phase 2. We will update you with any new information when it comes.

Have fun and stay safe,

Mr. Gillespie

 

Club Update as of 05.06.2020 (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Board

Fellow Members,

The Board is closely monitoring expenses and the budget.  There have been a few questions about how this will affect membership dues.  At this time, we do not know.  Not until the summer season has ended, and the bills have been paid, will we fully understand the financial impact on COVID-19 on the club. Please be confident that your Board will make the right decision to keep the pool financially sound, and safe place to for us to enjoy our little bit of urban paradise.

Regards,

The VRSTC Finance Committee

Message from Management and Coaching Staff

Hello VRSTC,

I hope you are still staying safe and healthy during this time. I wanted to give you an update since Governor Inslee's latest announcement as our pre-COVID-19 2020 Opening Date draws closer.

I have been in very regular communication with the Board, as well as senior staff, over the past two months, and even more frequently this week. Based on Governor Inslee's Safe Start plan, VRSTC opening likely falls into Phase 3.

Phase 3 includes:

All components of phases 1 and 2 will carry into the start of Phase 3, which will include resuming non-essential travel and allowing gatherings of no more than 50 people.

Phase 3 also includes resuming some public activity, such as:

  • Outdoor group recreational sports activities (50 or fewer people)
  • Recreational facilities at less than 50% capacity (gyms, public pools, etc.)
  • Professional sports (horse racing, baseball, etc.) without audience participation
  • Restaurants and taverns at less than 75% capacity with table size no larger than 10
  • Bar areas in restaurants and taverns at less than 25% capacity
  • Indoor gyms at less than 50% capacity; theaters at less than 50% capacity
  • Customer facing government services (telework remains strongly encouraged where possible)
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • All other business activities not yet listed except for nightclubs and events with no more than 50 people.

I have also been speaking regularly to other private clubs in the area to figure out how best to safely open, and to follow the guidelines set by the CDC and the State. If all goes well (and people abide by the Stay Safe plan guidelines) and each phase lasts only the minimum 3 weeks, Phase 3 could begin as early as June 22, which is right around when we would traditionally open for our full time summer hours (we were set to open for regular summer hours on Saturday, June 20).

We are looking into applying for a waiver through the State to open in an earlier phase. However, until we have more information, we do not have any more answers than what I am able to share with you now.

We are putting together a plan which prioritizes the health and safety of our employees, the health and safety of our members, and extra cleaning procedures of our facility. When we are given the go ahead to open for swimming, we have a reservation system for lap swim and open swim in place, which is similar to tennis court reservations, if we need to control our numbers during those activities. For instance, we may start with a single lap swimmer per lane for 30 minutes and/or 25-member maximum in the facility for open swim. These are things we are working on trying to figure out. When we are given permission to open, we will be ready!

Tennis Update:

Coach Ron has been in touch with other tennis programs and clubs as well. There is a chance the tennis courts may be able to open for play in Phase 2. Tennis team will likely be able to still happen, as practices and matches do not really get going until late June / July.

Swim Team Update:

Coach Rob is on the Greater Seattle Summer Swim League (GSSSL) board, and they have also been in discussions about how the season could work if we are restricted to meets and practices with no more than 50 people. It will likely include virtual swim meets. He and Megan are working on a plan for our team.

If you are interested in reading the resources we've been using for guidance, here are a few of them:

The highest priority of the club is for our members and staff to stay safe and healthy during this time. We know that when we open, it will be in a very thoughtful way. We all want the same thing... to have another memorable summer at the pool, just as we have had for the previous 61 years. Once I have more information to share, I will be in touch.

I look forward to seeing you soon (but from at least 6' away).

Stay safe,

Mr. Gillespie, Club Manager

 

 

Club Update as of 04.11.2020 (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Dear Club Members, Alumni and Charter Members! 

I hope this email finds you hanging in there with the ever changing Covid-19 "stay home" order in place. As we look towards what we hope will be a summer that allows us to mingle - even somewhat! - at the club, attached is a shortened version of April's Pool Cues for your reading pleasure. 

Normally this is the version that has all of the club's programs and schedules in it. However, we just don't know what those will be like. You'll be hearing frequent updates from me and/or the Board as we work hard to ready the club for opening day, and staying tuned in to our state's direction. 

Stay in touch, send me a friendly hello, or question you may have - other than "when will we open?".  I promise I'll send a big newsflash out as soon as I know myself!

Thinking of you all and wishing you safety and good health,

Mr. Gillespie, Club Manager 
 

 

2020 Swim Team Update as of 04.10.2020

Based on the current situation, the GSSSL board proposed three potential scenarios for the 2020 season:

Option 1 -- pools open and practices are able to start by June 15th
Season would operate on the current schedule. Teams could opt to move June 25th meet to July 2nd. All City would be hosted by View Ridge. View Ridge has bleachers and Dolphin watches which would significantly reduce costs for running All City. Kent will host All City in 2021.

Option 2 -- pools open and practices are able to start by July 6th
Abbreviated dual meet season with a total of 5 dual meets, with first meet on July 14th. We would either drop the first two meets or propose and alternative 5 meet schedule (to ensure fair distribution of home/away meets)
Final dual meet would happen on Monday, July 27th. Girls prelims would be held Wednesday, July 29th and Boys prelims on Thursday, July 30th. Results of these meets for North and South would be merged to create All City line up (i.e. no Divisional meets this season)
All City would be held on Tuesday, August 4th at View Ridge and top 8 swimmers/relays would compete based on combined results from north and south.

Option 3 -- No competitive season if practices can’t start by July 6th
Clubs would have the option of running an abbreviated practice schedule with intrasquad meets if allowed by state/local guidelines. If it comes to this, we are optimistic we’ll have some sort of a VR schedule late summer.

The board will plan to communicate with clubs approximately every two weeks with the next communication occurring by May 4th.

 

Update as of 03.25.2020

 

View Ridge Swim & Tennis Club is abiding by Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order and will remain closed until we hear otherwise. We will update the website if anything changes. We hope you all stay healthy and 6 feet apart. Stay safe and wash your hands.

 

Update as of 03.22.2020

King County and the City of Seattle have closed all sport courts. View Ridge Tennis Courts will close on Monday, March 23, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update with any new information as it becomes available.

Update as of 03.14.2020

Dear Members, Year Round Pool Swimmers, Pool Rental teams, and guests,

After consulting with medical professionals and others who have been in the midst of assessing programs and access to their respective places of business and social gathering venues, we have decided to close VRSTC for a minimum of 14 days. Please know that this team thoughtfully considered every option to modify our pool access with the hope to keep it open. However, the efforts to both manage any modifications and the outlying unknown risks with this virus led us to believe that it in the best interest for everyone's health to join in on the efforts to contain this virus by closing the pool.
 
We recognize that the CDC says chlorine may kill COVID-19 viruses. However, due to the proximity between swimmers at any given time and other surface areas that could be infected, we believe closing is still a wise decision. As an athlete myself, I recognize that this is a critical time to remain active and physical exercise is important to our well being! I thank you for your support and understanding, and hope that we can be open to you soon.
 
Members, we have posted a recording of the brief Annual Meeting we held last week for you to review.
 
We will provide another update after the initial 14 days is over. Stay safe, wash your hands and don't touch your face!
 
Peace,
Bruce Gillespie, Club Manager

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View Ridge Swim & Tennis Club was established in 1958 as a member-owned club where families could gather to enjoy swimming, friendships, and other activities. There are currently 480 member families. As a seasonal club, we are open annually from the middle of May until early September. The club offers organized programs including a Swim Team, a Tennis Team, a Water Polo Team, an Adult Swim Team, as well as Swim and Tennis lessons (both group and private instruction) during the operating season. Other activities include Early Morning Lap Swim, Open Swim, and up to three dedicated lap lanes available throughout the operating hours. In addition to recreational activities, the club offers several social activities throughout the summer for members' children of all ages, families and parents/adult only festivities. If you are interested in membership, you can find out information about the waiting list here, or email vrstc@vrstc.org and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate source.

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The club offers a world class swimming pool, top-of-the-line tennis courts, and quiet views of the trees behind the water slide. For younger kids, the club has a pickleball court and climbing structure. In addition to team activities, the Club offers both group and private Swim Lessons and Tennis Lessons.