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S.A.A. pool has served locals for six decades

 

Last updated 7/15/2020 at 1:04pm

Courtesy of Noelle Vancil

Members of the S.A.A. Family Pool in Security enjoy swimming, sandy play areas, swim lessons, barbecues and other amenities.

Since it opened in 1957, the Security Athletic Association (S.A.A.) Family Pool has given residents a space to relax and enjoy water activities.

It is tucked away yet centrally located in the Security-Widefield community at Pi-Ute Park.

"We provide a strong family and community resource that gives families a place to spend quality, safe time together during the summer," S.A.A. representative Suzanne Carmody said. "Many of our members are teachers or other involved members in our community.  The S.A.A. Pool has been a consistent location for the many years that it has been open and people look forward to the family feel that we provide."

S.A.A.'s regular schedule (open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend) includes a variety of events for different groups of people.

"We have open swim from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. during non-COVID times. Members and families can come and go as they please, and bring their own food and guests," Carmody explained. "We offer family nights several times during the summer where the pool stays open to 10 pm. We have special holiday events and get-togethers for summer holidays and they are generally a huge hit with members and their guests. They are something we look forward to every year!"

S.A.A. has also been known to hire local (particularly high school and college-age students) as lifeguards over the years. Carmody said this process tends to happen naturally.

"Many of our guards are children who have been members with their families for years and have grown up and loved the pool so much that they move into a paid position," she said.

While COVID-19 didn't cause S.A.A. to shut down entirely, it has created some interesting situations for the pool. Carmody says the pool opened two weeks later than normal in order to accommodate Colorado Health Department regulations. She also noted that for the first in roughly 15-20 years, S.A.A. had to limit its membership sales.

"We feel that the amount of families and individuals that have purchased a summer membership have priority to the facilities without the worry of too many patrons already checked in," she said.

Courtesy of Noelle Vancil

Kids playing in the sand.

However, S.A.A. is committed to providing the best service to members during this unusual time.

"We abide by all Colorado Health Department rules and regulations," she said. "We have also changed our check-in procedure for all members to include COVID-19 questions every day, we limit the number patrons in the pool and the facility. Cleaning is focused on disinfectants of high-traffic areas; and we have a deep cleaning completed from 2-2:30 p.m.. We ask all members to leave during this time."

Memberships for next year will be open again in April-March 2021. People interested in joining (as well as students looking to apply for lifeguards) can find out more by visiting the pool's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/S.A.A.familypool or its main website, SAApool.com.

 

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