Salida Hot Springs Pool Closed May 7 through May 12

by Theresa Casey, Salida Recreation Manager

Spring is arriving early this year, and it is time for the Salida Hot Springs Pool to do our semi-annual deep cleaning.

Twice a year we drain 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 to clean and reinstall them, clean out the sand filtration tanks and rake the sand (in the tanks). We also 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 four 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.

Spring Activities to warm-up for summer are planned for May

Bike-to-Work and School Day is May 18. If you already ride your bike to work or school or if you are planning to start riding, this is a fun way to get into the habit. Meet others who ride, challenge a friend to ride with you or just try riding to see if you like it. Swing by the Salida Hot Springs Pool or Absolute Bikes on your way to work to celebrate pedal-powered transportation! We’ll have coffee, bagels and fruit to fuel your day. There will be giveaways and prizes. Light mechanic work will be available.

Don’t forget to participate in: Touch-a-Truck, Clean-up Green-Up, and the FIBArk Cruiser Crit on May 19. Check our website for more information.

Coming Soon: The Summer Recreation Guide

The Summer Recreation Guide will be included in the Mountain Mail in mid May. Don’t miss it! Many new programs have been developed and some of our older programs have received a nice sprucing up.

To start the summer off right, we will be hosting the 3rd Annual School’s Out FREE Day at the pool on May 25 from noon until 5:00 p.m. Come for a fun-filled day that will include games, food, and entertainment.

Summer swim lessons will start June 11, and registration for summer lessons will begin in late May. 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.

The Thursday’s at Six Concert Series is back this summer with more concerts beginning June 21. Donations will be accepted at the concerts to benefit our youth scholarship fund for recreation programs.

Check out the offerings in the Recreation Guide or online, and GET ACTIVE IN 2012.