Plans to extend community pool season abruptly cancelled

The sun sets on another season at the Bobbie Greenwood Community Swim Center lap pool, too soon for some swimmers. Courtesy Bobbie Greenwood Community Swim Center Facebook Page.

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The City of Winters announced it would not reopen the Bobbie Greenwood Community Swim Center following an impromptu closure, sinking the hopes of local swimmers the pool might stay open through October.

The pool season, which typically ends on Sept. 30, was scheduled to be extended one more month after a group of members worked out an arrangement with the city.

A message released on the pool’s Facebook page yesterday, however, confirmed that the pool would not reopen after swimmers found it mysteriously closed Sept. 27.

“It is with deep regrets that the City announces the closing of the 2019 Swim Season, which includes adult lap swim, effective immediately,” the message read. “Because of serious logistical issues, the decision has been made to suspend further operations of the pool until the beginning of the 2020 Season, which will kick off again in April.”

The city did not specify the nature of the logistical concerns.

Local swimmer Sally Brown expressed confusion over the city’s decision to close the pool after it had worked with members to extend the season. Swimmers appeared before the City Council last month to request the extension after they were told by city staff the decision to extend fell to the council.

According to Brown, City Manager John Donlevy ultimately made the decision to extend the season.

“It’s a total mystery. We were told if we got 15 swimmers that we’d have swimming through October. My understanding is that we had 17 paid swimmers,” Brown said in an email to the Express.

Brown and other swimmers have praised the pool’s new management, calling this the best season in 23 years.

The city will offer refunds to members who paid dues for this month.

This is a developing story. More information will provided as its gathered.]]>

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