Dive into summer 2021



Elijah Velasquez, son of Amanda and Kevin Velasquez of Pleasanton, makes a cannon ball into the Pleasanton pool on June 13 during open swim. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Elijah Velasquez, son of Amanda and Kevin Velasquez of Pleasanton, makes a cannon ball into the Pleasanton pool on June 13 during open swim. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Now that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, the City of Pleasanton pool is back open this summer. However, Pleasanton Parks and Recreation is planning on limiting pool hours and services along with capacity due to a shortage of lifeguards. One lifeguard alone is good for 25 swim- mers in the pool and if it weren’t for the shortage in lifeguards on duty, the pool would allow for 100 swimmers at one time.

Pleasanton residents may show their ID for proof of residency to receive a discount for general admission. Proof of residency includes a driver’s license, car insurance, light bill, etc. Prices for non-Pleasanton residents are $1 for 4 years and under, $3 for 5-17 years old, $4 for 18- 54 years old, and $2 for seniors 55 and up.

Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Programmer Justin Menchaca explained that COVID-19 caused the pool to close last summer. Menchaca said he feels swimming is a great stress reliever and hopes the pool promotes wellness for the community.

“In terms of the pool, all we did was just maintain it. That’s all we could do is just keep it clean that summer,” said Menchaca. “We have some good stuff coming up. We have some really exciting ideas, and we can’t wait to present it to the City of Pleasanton. I hope people attend these events and have a great time and, more importantly, that we have a memorable fun experience with their family and friends.”

Water Aerobics sessions are Tuesday-Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and evenings at 5:30 p.m. and are $2 per class. Punch cards are available for people to purchase for $20 with 10 classes and the 11th class is free. Private pool party rentals are available from Tuesday-Saturday with a two-hour minimum of a $50 refundable deposit and $50 per hour. Swimming lessons are also being offered to children 4 and up for $50 for a twoweek session with eight total sessions Tuesday-Friday starting June 8-July 30. Parents would need to go to the Civic Center to fill out paperwork and pay the fees. Sundays are only for open swim from 1-10 p.m.

Events Specialist Tabitha Garza described how busy this past Sunday was resulting in a waiting line for admission due to the limited staff. Garza was happy to see a lot of people come back out to be active and healthy at the pool.

“It’s been really pleasant to see the community come out and take advantage of the resource because you know so many people couldn’t last year,” said Garza. “Last year we had an occupancy limitation, we were promoting social distancing, we were having people sign in so we could have contact tracing. I just hope that people can make memories and, you know, have that sense of normalcy back, being able to gather as a community to celebrate and stay active.”

In addition to the pool opening back up, Pleasanton Parks and Recreation is bringing back their eight-week summer program that consists of the following activities starting at 10 a.m.:

• June 22 – Dodgeball at the Civic Center

• June 29 – Gaga Ball at the Civic Center

• July 8 – Mud Day at the

Pleasanton River Park

• July 15 – Nerf Gun War at the Civic Center

• July 22 – Basketball

Camp at the Pleasanton

River Park

• July 29 – Movie Day at the Civic Center

• August 5 – Kickball at the Pleasanton River

Park

For more information regarding any of the summer programs or pool activities, please call Pleasanton Parks and Rec at 830-569-5904 or follow them on Facebook.

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