Each year the North Fork Pool provides swim lessons, life guard training and jobs for local youth, as well as an assortment of recreational opportunities for adults, and this year it is completing its 18th year in the community. Twenty-two certified lifeguards worked summer jobs this year and at least 284 local youth gained instruction, experience and confidence by participating in swim lessons at the pool.
In addition, thanks to a grant from the Cocker Kids Foundation, 97 fourth graders from Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford and the Montessori School received 2 weeks of free swim lessons in early May.
The pool facilities are utilized by an assortment of entities throughout the season. Some of the most popular adult programs are the lap swim times that are held three times daily, and the water aerobics classes held each morning. In addition, Delta County Memorial Hospital uses the facilities for a pediatric therapy session, the local swim team practices, and local businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to rent the facilities for private parties, celebrations and family events.
At the Aug. 20 meeting of the board of the North Fork Pool, Park & Recreation District, treasurer Jean Aaro reported that revenues for season passes, punch cards and facility rentals are down from last year. The board is pursuing a more aggressive campaign to inform the community about the pool facilities, as well as other recreation services available in the valley, in the hope that participation numbers will rebound next season.
Meanwhile, as swimming winds down for the season, maintenance projects are just starting up.
In his report to the board, pool manager Roy Cranor outlined his off- season maintenance projects. He reported that one of the filters is leaking and may need replacing if it can't be repaired. In addition, they will be refinishing the locker room floors, rebuilding the motor in the wading pool, painting and replacing some tile in the small pool and removing the locks from all of the lockers due to ongoing damage expenses.
While the district staff is busy with projects throughout the winter season, the board, too, is pursuing some new projects. Discussions are underway regarding the construction of some new shelters near the soccer fields and a pavilion next to the office/snack-bar building that would be available to rent for events. The board will be creating a plan, pursuing bids and researching funding options over the next few months in the hope of moving forward next season.blog comments powered by Disqus