Ahhh, welcome November and cooler days, finally. Oops, what happened? Pools are closing or changing their hours! What? It’s Florida, duh! We don’t need to close, it’s always warm, right? So what’s going on?
At least in Central Florida, the pool situation is going crazy. Winter Park’s Cady Way pool, a pool where a world record has been set, and the YMCA closes it after Labor Day. What? Why? No heater, no budget.
And if a pool does not close completely, the hours are being cut in Winter Park, Oviedo, Orlando, Daytona, Maitland, Winter Garden and almost all outdoor pools in the area. There is a serious shortage of pool time once the winter months come.
Why do I care? Well, I just spent the summer months building the Blue Dolfins Masters team into the largest Masters group in the Central Florida area, and my last day with them was this past Friday. That’s it. No more morning practice because the calendar suddenly turns from October to November.
These pool issues kill the swimming enthusiasm, change the regular daily schedule for families, and possibly even make kids change sports.
We need to take a stand. I challenge the people that are interested building swimming and growing it in the community! Come on and help these great athletes out and keep pools open!
If you want a winter training pool, let me know! Power to the people!
Pool Closed Photo from http://fstc-atl.com/