August 28, 2009
Charlotte – Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will operate the indoor swimming pool at West Charlotte High School, 2219 Senior Drive, for public use on most Saturdays from September 12, 2009, through June 5, 2010. An agreement with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools opens the door to this recreational use of school facilities paid for by taxpayers.
West Charlotte pool will be open Saturdays, 8am-2pm, for a variety of swim programs according to this schedule:
- 8:05-8:50am: Adult water fitness class
- 9-9:30am: Beginner swim lessons (Sand Dollars, ages 3-5)
- 9:45-10:30am: Beginner swim lessons (Otters, ages 6-12)
- 10:45-11:30am: Beginner swim lessons for Teen/Adult
- 11:45-1:30pm: Open swimming for $1/person admission (youth and adults)
Swim lessons run four weeks and cost a total of $16. Scholarships are available for Sand Dollars and Otters, based on financial need. No swim lessons have more than six swimmers for each instructor, and space is limited. Register for lessons in person at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, 800 East Martin Luther King Drive, or call 704 336-3483. No registration required for water fitness classes, participants pay $2 for each class on site.
The pool will not be open four Saturdays when school is out for holidays.
“This is an excellent partnership between Park and Recreation and CMS that highlights the joint use of public facilities,” says James Alsop, Director of Enterprise Services for Park and Recreation. “This will provide more aquatic programs for the public at minimal cost.” Alsop says learn-to-swim programs and water fitness were highly ranked by the public in a needs assessment that was part of the 2008 Park and Recreation Master Plan. “And learn-to-swim programs could decrease drowning,” he added. “National surveys indicate minorities are three times more likely to drown or experience a near-drowning incident.”