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Charlotte, NC -- 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 Saturday mornings starting September 26, 2009. An agreement with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools provides the opportunity for joint use of the aquatic facility for water fitness and swim lessons when the pool is not used for CMS-sponsored swim meets and practices.

The West Charlotte pool will be open most Saturdays through October 31, 2009 from 8:00am-12:00 noon for the following swim programs:
  • 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)
  • 10:45-11:45am: Beginner swim lessons for Teen/Adult

Swim lessons will cost $16.00 for the six week session and adult water fitness classes will cost $2.00 per Saturday. Youth scholarships are available for Sand Dollars and Otters based on financial need. Swim lessons are limited to six students per 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. Registration is not required for water fitness classes and participants can pay for each class on site.

(Note: The pool will not be open on Saturday mornings when school is out for the 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.”