Club Update as of 09.13.2020 - 9:07 a.m.

Message from the Manager

Members,
 
Due to the poor air quality, View Ridge Swim and Tennis will remain closed. Sadly, this is a fiitting end to our 2020 season.
 
Stay Safe!
 
Mr. Gillespie

 

Club Update as of 09.12.2020 - 9:30 p.m.

Message from the Manager

Members,

Due to the continued poor air quality, View Ridge Swim and Tennis Club will remain closed until further notice.

Stay Safe!

Mr. G

 

Club Update as of 09.12.2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Message from the Manager

Members,

Due to the poor air quality, View Ridge Swim and Tennis Club is closed until further notice.

Stay safe,

Mr. G

 

Club Update as of 09.12.2020 - 8:17 a.m.

Message from the Manager

Members,

For today, Saturday, September 12, the pool is closed for the 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. lap swimming sessions. ALL TENNIS CLINICS are canceled for today. The next update will be at 10:30 a.m.

Stay safe,

Mr. G

 

Club Update as of 09.11.2020 - 9:18 p.m. (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Members,

The Pool and Adult Tennis clinics will be closed for the 8 a.m. and  9 a.m. sessions tomorrow morning, Saturday, September 12. We will have another update after reviewing the air quality in the morning.

Stay safe,

Mr. Gillespie

 

Club Update as of 09.11.2020 - 2:30 p.m. (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Members,

The pool is CLOSED for the remainder of the day due to very unhealthy air quality. As of 2:30 p.m., the current level is 215. I will make a decision on Saturday monring lap swim by tonight at 9 p.m.

Stay safe,

Bruce Gillespie

 

Club Update as of 09.11.2020 - 6:24 a.m. (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Hello Members,

The Pool is closed due to unhealthy air quality. I will update as the air quality changes. We have canceled all tennis lessons for the day. The use of the tennis courts is at your own risk.

Stay Safe,

MrG

 

Club Update as of 09.10.2020 - 9:32 p.m. (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Hello Lap Swimmers,

The forecast for air quality doesn't look good. I will keep you updated as needed.

We are planning to open tomorrow, Friday, September 11 at 6 a.m. for the early morning lap swim. We may be hour to hour after that. Be sure to check the VRSTC YourCourts home page and/or email before heading to the pool.

Stay Safe!!

MrG

 

Club Update as of 09.09.2020 - 7:06 a.m. (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Good Morning,

I will open the Pool at 7 a.m. for our lap swimmers. As of 6 a.m., the Air Quality Index is 119, which is considered "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups".

Stay safe,

Mr. Gillespie, Club Manager

 

Club Update as of 09.08.2020 - 10:53 p.m. (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Swimmers,

Sorry, but I have closed the pool for early morning lap swim tomorrow, Wednesday, September 9. I will update you all again in the morning after reviewing the air quality.

I am hopeful that the air will clear and we can open at some time later on Wednesday.

Stay safe,

Mr. Gillespie, Club Manager

 

Club Update as of 09.08.2020 (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Hello Members,

As of 11:11 a.m. today (September 8, 2020) we are monitoring the air quality in our area. It appears the index number is coming down but is still in the “unhealthy” range. We have canceled all tennis lessons for the day. The use of the tennis courts is at your own risk. For the safety of our staff, they are currently guarding lap swim from inside of the office. We are monitoring the situation and may be forced to close the pool for the day. Please check your email or website for closure updates.  

Stay safe and healthy,

VRSTC Staff

 

Club Update as of 08.13.2020 (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Hello VRSTC Members,

Great news! The majority of our staff has gone through all of the CDC protocols for contact tracing and testing. We will have enough staff by this Saturday, August 15 to have a full day of lap swim (12 and over). At this time, it looks like open swim will begin on Sunday, August 16 (just in time for the heat wave!). The office will be staffed beginning Saturday, August 15 at 8:30 a.m. to make your open swim reservations.

Adult tennis clinics will resume this Saturday, August 15. Session 3 of our Youth Tennis League will be begin as scheduled on Monday, August 17. Water Polo is still to be determined.

Thank you all for your kind words, well wishes and patience as we navigate through this.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Have fun, stay safe, and wash your hands.

Mr. Gillespie, Club Manager

 

Club Update as of 07.14.2020 (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Dear VRSTC Members,

Thank you for your feedback as we navigate how to add in open swim to our already successful and busy lap swimming schedule.

CHANGES TO LAP SWIM

As I mentioned in an email last week, we are going to try to have two people in lanes during lap swim. To accommodate most people, we have come up with a system we hope will work for everyone, which will be a combination of one swimmer per lane and two swimmers per lane throughout the day.

  • During our lap swim only hours (6 a.m. – 9 a.m.) when all eight lanes are dedicated to lap swimming, lanes 1, 2, 7, 8 will be open just for one swimmer per lane. Lanes 3, 4, 5, 6 will be open for two swimmers per lane.
  • During our open swim hours, lanes 5 – 8 will be open for lap swimming. Lanes 5 and 6 will be open for two swimmers per lane. Lanes 7 and 8 will be open for one swimmer per lane.

Swimmers must split the lane and not circle swim during lap swim. Swimmers must rest at opposite ends of the pool in their lanes to maintain social distancing. Please check in with your lane mate to determine who will rest at which end.

YourCourts is now set up with this new arrangement. However, in updating to two swimmers per lane, you will notice that it took a few days to transition over, as swimmers were already scheduled in our system. Look ahead to the weekend to see two swimmers per lap lane more consistently.

We would like to encourage swimmers ages 12 – 15 to share a lane with their parent or family member if they are lap swimming at the same time.

As a reminder, you may only schedule reservations 7 days in advance. If you look past seven days, you will see that reservations are “not available”, as you are looking too far ahead.

Thanks for your patience as we figure out how we can work within the guidelines and open up the pool safely.
 
Have fun, stay safe, and wash your hands.
Mr. Gillespie, Club Manager

 

Club Update as of 07.12.2020 (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Dear VRSTC Members,
This past week, we had an incredibly good visit from the health inspector who reported that we are doing everything exactly as we should during this time. Thanks to all of you for abiding by the CDC rules so we may stay open.

We have some new and exciting updates to share with you! Open Facility / Grounds now includes Open Swim!

OPEN SWIM

Just as we did for our Open Facility / Grounds use, we will now be will be taking reservations for 1.-hour (weekday) and 2-hour (weekend) time slots for Open Swim (see schedule below as time slot durations vary)! To register for a time slot, please call the pool office between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. at 206.524.3500. You will give your name and all the names of others who will be joining you (see below for guest policy). Only one time slot may be reserved at a time. Once your time slot has passed, you may make another reservation (just like for tennis and lap swim). It will be very important to continue to social distance while in the water during open swim.

Members 12 and older will not need an adult chaperone, however, all members under 12 years old will need an adult chaperone. A chaperone may oversee more than one child at a time. Thank you for understanding.
We are allowed 25% of our occupancy at any given time. This includes lap swimmers and staff, but it's a start!  There will be a 30-minute cleaning break between time slots. We request members (and their guests) to leave the premises at their reservation end time. Below are the available times to enjoy our facility. 

Upcoming Schedule: -
             Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (July 13 – August 4)

                        1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
                        3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
                        5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
                        7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (note: 2-hour slot)

            Thursdays (July 16, 23, 30)

                       1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
                        3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
                        5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (note: 1-hour slot)

            Saturdays and Sundays
                        11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
                        1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
                        4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
                        6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (note: 2.5-hour slot)
                     
*Bathrooms will be available. Showers and changing areas are still closed. BBQs are not open. You may bring your own prepared food (or have it delivered curbside)

GUEST POLICY
As a reminder, this is our guest policy at this time.
There are four types of guests who are allowed to use the facility this summer, due to COVID-19:

  • Houseguests (Overnight houseguests of Members may use all Club facilities, provided that they reside outside the Seattle Metropolitan Area)
  • Adult children and their spouse – Must come with member
  • Member grandchildren – Must come with member
  • Nanny/babysitter – Must come with member child(ren)

They all must be registered as “Junior Members”. In order to do that, an adult member on your account must first be registered on YourCourts, and must email membership@vrstc.org listing the following:     

  • First and last name of member
  • First and last name of each guest (no matter the age)
  • Guest category they fall into (if they’re a houseguest, the dates they will be staying with you)

The member with the account will need to be the one who makes reservations for all four types of members (who are considered junior members). Each guest needs to be registered separately, so we can keep track of our numbers.
 

PARTIES
Space is limited, and we are not allowing parties.

MASKS
Masks are required while entering and exiting the facility, and whenever you are unable to social distance with non-family members. For example, it is ok to have your mask off while at a table, sitting in a lounge chair, playing pickleball, or swimming in the pool.

Thanks for your patience as we figure out how we can work within the guidelines and open up the pool safely.
 
Have fun, stay safe, and wash your hands.


Mr. Gillespie, Club Manager

 

 

Club Update as of 06.30.2020 (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Dear VRSTC Members,

Just wanted to send a quick note along with the message from our board and let you know how sad we aren’t able to participate in our annual 4th of July festivities this weekend. However, do call the pool to sign up for an open facility time (our hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the 4th), book a tennis court or lap swim time online, and enjoy the holiday weekend with your family.

Be safe and stay healthy,

Mr. Gillespie

 

Message from the VRSTC Board of Directors

Dear View Ridge Members,

Here is a brief Board update on the status and health of the Club.

The Board is so happy to have courts and pool back open. It was hard to believe we would be able to open up at all. But we have reopened as quickly as possible, as safely as possible, thanks to massive planning efforts by Bruce, Gail, Megan, Rob, Ron and many, many other staff members. Their advance planning made us the first pool in the area (that we know of) to reopen.  Go Dolphins!

As a reminder, we are following State guidelines strictly. Members who are at high risk should self-monitor and avoid the Club until State guidance changes. 

As a Board, our focus and responsibility are to keep the Club financially sound through the closure and reopening while making sure our policies keep staff safe.

Your club dues cover approximately 45% of our operating budget. The balance is covered by the programs we offer, swim lessons, swim team, tennis lessons, tennis team, and private pool rentals etc.  As a result of a loss of some of our programs and health restrictions, we will have lower revenue this summer.  Income we earn from lessons and teams will be lower, while payroll will stay high to cover cleaning and monitoring. We have worked to mitigate this by closely watching expenses. The club secured a Paycheck Protection Plan loan, which will help pay for payroll and utilities.  There have been silver linings. With a tennis monitor present, we’ve collected 10x as many tennis guest fees. Tennis players, let’s keep that culture going! It is only 7 bucks and guest fees can fund a lot of fun tennis upgrades.

In summary, we are on solid financial ground, but we are not hitting our budget numbers for 2020 due to the slower start to our season and the current guidelines of our City.

We have had a few members ask about a dues refund or discount since the Club has not been as accessible as it is in a normal summer. To keep our Club financially strong, we must cover our expenses and therefore, there will be no dues refunds. We are a community and we are absolutely committed to lessening pressure and heartache for any member going through financial or medical challenges. Do not hesitate to talk to us early and often.

Happy Summer. The pool is opening, the courts are full, and we even have swim team starting.  We have never felt so grateful to see our friends and hope you’ll reach out to any Board volunteers if you can help make the Club stronger or have any questions or concerns 

Gratefully,

Your VRSTC Board

 

Club Update as of 06.22.2020 (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Dear VRSTC Members,
Things continue to change almost daily with what we are allowed to do. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we pivot together, to adjust and modify our access to the Club this summer. Remember the best way to get information in a timely manner is to check our website daily (www.vrstc.org). We will also send out an email through MailChimp and post on Facebook, but our initial announcements will always be on our homepage.  Grab a summer bevy and read on for this next round of modifications.

LAP SWIM
Good news: we moved to a 6 a.m. weekday start beginning this week, to accommodate swim team starting. Hooray!  However, remember each person (12 and over members) is allowed to hold only 2 swim reservations in the YourCourts system at any given time - not 2 per week. Once your lap swim time have passed (and you have shown up and swum), you may make another reservation for any time that is open. 

POLICY CHANGE: Lap Swimmers 12 to 15 no longer need a parent chaperone, please continue to be on your best behavior, you have all earned this opportunity!!

Reserve Your Lane!  All members should register themselves on YourCourts at https://bit.ly/vrstcyc. Once your registration is approved, you will be able to make reservations. For member children, please email membership@vrstc.org with your child’s name and birthdate, and the parent’s name and email address you want their name to be affiliated with. They will be signed up as “junior members” and can sign up for lap swim and tennis through that email address/ parent login.

OPEN SWIM
At this time, we do not have permission to allow open swim. :( Unfortunately, we don’t have a timeframe on when that will happen. Our hope is that we will be able to have open swim once we are in Phase 3.

FACILITY & GROUNDS

We are excited to open the facility & grounds for recreational use as a “parklike setting”!

We will be taking reservations for time slots (see schedule below as time slot durations vary). To register for a time slot, please call the pool office at 206.524.3500. You will give your name and all the names of others who will be joining you (see below for guest policy). Only one time slot may be reserved at a time. Once your time slot has passed, you may make another reservation (just like for tennis and lap swim).

Members 12 and older will not need an adult chaperone, however, all members under 12 years old will need an adult chaperone. A chaperone may oversee more than one child at a time. Thank you for understanding.

We are allowed 25% of our occupancy at any given time, or 30 people. This includes lap swimmers and staff, but it's a start!  There will be a 30-minute cleaning break between time slots. We request members (and their guests) to leave the premises at their reservation end time. Below are the available times to enjoy our grounds. 

Upcoming Schedule:
            Wednesday, June 24 – Friday, June 26
                        12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
                        2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 
            Saturday, June 27 – Sunday, June 28
                        10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
                        12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
                        3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                        5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
                        8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (note: 1-hour slot)
 
            Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 3 (note: 1.5-hour slots)
                        1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
                        3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
                        5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
                        7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (note: 2-hour slot)
 
            Saturday, July 4 (facility is closing early due to holiday)
                        10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
                        12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
                        3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

*Bathrooms will be available. Showers and changing areas are still closed. BBQs are not open. You may bring your own prepared food (or have it delivered curbside). During open facility / grounds, the pool is only open for reserved lap swimmers.

GUEST POLICY
We know this is an incredibly unusual year, and we are asking everyone to be on the honor system. We need you to please follow this policy correctly.

There are four types of guests who are allowed to use the facility this summer, due to COVID-19:

  • Houseguests (Overnight houseguests of Members may use all Club facilities, provided that they reside outside the Seattle Metropolitan Area)
  • Adult children and their spouse – Must come with member
  • Member grandchildren – Must come with member
  • Nanny/babysitter – Must come with member child(ren)
They all must be registered as “Junior Members”. In order to do that, an adult member on your account must first be registered on YourCourts, and must email membership@vrstc.org listing the following:     
  • First and last name of member
  • First and last name of each guest (no matter the age)
  • Guest category they fall into (if they’re a houseguest, the dates they will be staying with you)

 The member with the account will need to be the one who makes reservations for all four types of members (who are considered junior members). Each guest needs to be registered separately, so we can keep track of our numbers.

PARTIES
Space is limited, and we are not allowing parties.

MASKS
Masks are required while entering and exiting the facility, and whenever you are unable to social distance with non-family members. For example, it is ok to have your mask off while at a table, sitting in a lounge chair, or playing pickleball.

Thanks for your patience as we figure out how we can work within the guidelines and open up the pool safely.
 
Have fun, stay safe, and wash your hands.
Mr. Gillespie, Club Manager

 

Club Update as of 06.10.2020 (Members: check your inbox as well for this info)

Message from the Manager

Dear VRSTC Members,

Things continue to change, and the good news is that it looks like we will be able to offer up lap swimming for 8 members at a time starting tomorrow, Thursday, June 11, 2020!

If you haven’t yet signed up for our online newsletter mail chimp general club communications, please do so at: https://bit.ly/vrstcblast. This is the fastest way for us to get information out to our members, so please sign up yourselves and any other adults in your household.

We are using YourCourts as our platform for reserving tennis AND swimming. All members should register themselves at https://bit.ly/vrstcyc. Once your registration is approved, you will be able to make reservations. For member children, please email membership@vrstc.org with your child’s name and the parent’s name and email address you want their name to be affiliated with. They will be signed up as “junior members” and can sign up for lap swim and tennis through that email address. This is only if your child does not have their own email address or if it would be easier for you to manage their schedule (rather than having them login to sign up to use the pool).

The pool will be open with very limited use for our members only (no guests allowed). We have had to change many of our club rules and policies to accommodate the CDC guidelines. Most of the rules you will agree with, and some you may not. However, all must be followed. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the rules, please talk with me in person or email me at manager@vrstc.org. Rules will be updated as allowed.

We will be opening for open swim once we are sure we have all policies and procedures in place for member and staff safety. Our goal is to have open swim by Saturday, June 27th. We are hopeful to use YourCourts for open swim. We will confirm open swim reservations when we have a system in place.

No guests are allowed at this time.

RULES

  • All reservations for tennis and lap swim are made through YourCourts.
  • Each person may have 2 swim reservations per week in the system (only 1 reservation per day)
  • Once your registration time has passed, you may reserve another. This allows for more than 2 swim reservations per week, if available.
  • The person’s name who the reservation is under must be the person who swims during that time slot. You may not reserve a spot for someone else to use.

ENTERING / EXITING FACILITY

  • Follow signs (there will be many)
  • Wear a mask (mandatory)
  • Please do not enter the facility more than  a couple of minutes prior to your reservation time
  • Listen to VRSTC management and staff
  • Verbal check in with staff from six feet or more at the office window
  • Sign waiver upon entry
  • The red phone and office phone are not available
  • No valuable check in available.

LAP SWIM

With no swim team practices, lap swim will be open for most members swimmers.

  • Lap swim hours will begin at 7 a.m. daily, with the exception of tomorrow, Thursday, June 11, when we will be opening at 1 p.m. Opening times may change and closing times will vary. Check YourCourts for the most accurate schedule.
  • Reservations are required.
  • Reservation time slots are for 1 hour. However, swim time is 45 minutes. All swimmers must exit the pool at :45 of the hour and the facility at :50 of the hour.
  • You will need to bring your own kickboard and/or pull buoy, as they will not be provided.
  • Showers and locker rooms are closed for changing
  • Locker rooms are open for hand washing and lavatory use ONLY
  • Members who are 16 and over are allowed to lap swim
  • Members who are 12 – 15 years old MUST be accompanied by a parent / guardian.
  • To accompany a 12 – 15 year old swimmer, their accompanying adult MUST swim in the lane next to that child (if no lane is available next to that child, you must find a time slot with 2 lanes next to each other) or sit on the bleachers to chaperone
  • Children 11 and under are not allowed to lap swim.
  • You may not enter the pool prior to your reservation time
  • No other facility use at this time (grounds, clubhouse, etc)

TENNIS

  • Reservations are required
  • The person’s name who the reservation is under must be the person who plays during that time slot. You may not reserve a spot for someone else to use.
  • Players must check in with the court monitor
  • Guest fees must be paid prior to play to the court monitor (if they are unavailable, please pay in the office).
  • Singles and doubles play are allowed
  • Please bring and use your own tennis balls
  • NO ball machine

Have fun and stay safe,

Mr. Gillespie

 

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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About the Club

 

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.

Club Activities

 

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.