Salida Hot Springs Pool Closed May 9 to 14

When you think of Spring Cleaning what things end up on your list? As the Hot Springs Pool staff prepare for our annual spring shutdown, we begin to make our lists of what needs to be done. It is amazing the things that need detailed attention.

Twice a year we empty the pool and power wash the decks, pool and locker rooms. At the same time we shut down the mechanical system, take apart the chlorinators clean and reinstall them, clean out the sand filtration tanks and rake the sand (in the tanks), we do preventative maintenance on pumps as needed.
The lines, strikers and depth markers are painted or touched up in the pool, underwater lights are replaced as needed, and burned out overhead lights are replaced. Locker rooms get a deep cleaning and the paint on the floors and walls is touched up. Kickboards and pull buoys are cleaned and sanitized.

Patio furniture is cleaned and prepped for the summer season; storage rooms, laundry room, staff kitchen, staff changing rooms and office spaces are cleaned. Benches and picnic tables are painted, landscaping is pruned and plants are planted.

Many question the need for our closures and for the amount of time we are closed. After having worked through two such closures, I can assure everyone that we are working fast and furiously to get these and many other chores done in the allotted time. The biggest user of time is getting the pools emptied, power washed, lines painted, re-filled and chemicals balanced in time to re-open. We thank our valued customers for their patience with our closures.

Coming Soon: The Summer Recreation Guide
The Summer Recreation Guide will be included in the May 17th issue of the Mountain Mail – don’t miss it. Many new programs have been developed and some of our older programs have gotten a nice sprucing up.
To start the summer off right, we will be hosting the 2nd annual School’s Out FREE Day at the pool on May 26th, 12noon until 5:00pm. Come for a fun filled day that will include games, food, and entertainment.
Summer swim lessons will start June 6th. Our learn to swim instructors are Red Cross certified and use a progression based teaching method; registration is now being accepted. See our website for classes and times.

We will be offering a number of special events this summer and a concert series in Riverside Park. Adventure camps and whitewater rafting adventures are new this summer.
Check out the offerings in the Recreation Guide or on-line and GET ACTIVE IN 2011.

Theresa Casey