Thursday, March 11, 2010

QUALITY OF LIFE: Non-family Use of Kennedy School Pool

Question/Comment:  A resident and a group of friends in their mid-fifties to mid-sixties age range are looking for an indoor pool that is nearby and affordable to use.  It was suggested to them that they use the pool at the Kennedy School.  S/he says they mostly need a place to do stretching and get some exercise in the water- water aerobics for older adults, or anyone with arthritis, would be ideal, but they would happily settle for some 'open' swim time. Some of them would swim laps, but maybe more slowly than younger people. The problem is, they can't seem to find a category for them in the pool schedule. It appears that the only times the public can swim (other than laps) are Family Swim times. No one in this group has a child, and s/he notes that even if they did, it seems that family swim is likely a crowded and noisy time. S/he would like to know if there an opportunity for adults to casually use the pool, or if this could be added to the pool schedule.
City Update 3/11/2010:  The programming at the Kennedy pool is generally geared around families and adults.  Unfortunately, the pool does not have enough hours in the day to accommodate additional programming, as it operates as a school from 8am to 5pm. The Pool is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 6:15am to 7:45am for adult lap swim only.  While the main pool is lap swim only during these times, the small pool could be used for this type of gathering, as that is also open for use.  The fee for pool use is $5 for residents and $6 for non-residents per visit.   As another affordable option, more extensive adult programing, other than lap swim, is available at the Somerville YMCA.  More information on the Kennedy School pool is available through Somerville Public School's website here.

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