Pilot will provide greater community access to aquatics facilities
Beginning Tuesday, October 25, the Columbia Association (CA) will offer a Women’s Only Swim Time pilot program as part of our ongoing commitment to increasing access to our aquatics facilities and programs. The community desire for women’s-only swim time came out of a meeting between CA staff and People Acting Together in Howard (PATH), a multi-racial, multi-faith, non-partisan, County-wide citizens’ organization rooted in local congregations and associations. “We’re responding to a community need for a women’s only swim environment by providing a setting where women can feel comfortable to exercise, recreate and take full advantage of our aquatics programs and facilities,” says Bob Bellamy, director of CA’s Sport & Fitness Division.
The program will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at theColumbiaSwimCenter’s Program Pool. This pool is a shallow water pool warmed to 80 to 82 degrees. During this time, the pool will be guarded by female lifeguards and the windows will be covered. The program will be free to CA members. Resident non-members (with a CA resident card) will pay $16 per visit and general admission is $25. Non-members are welcome to a free trial of two admissions.
This past summer, as part of CA’s commitment to increase access to aquatics facilities and programs, CA initiated three new efforts, including $10 family outdoor pool vouchers for active resident card holders; low-cost Intro to Aquatics swim lessons; and free transportation to CA’s Membership Service Center (MSC).These new initiatives were the result of input received from the CA Board of Directors and the community during the previous budget process.
The ColumbiaSwimCenteris located at 10400 Cross Fox Lanein Columbia. For more information on CA’s aquatics facilities and programs, visit ColumbiaPools.org. For more information on this initiative, please contact CA’s Director of Aquatics John Herdson at 410-381-1096 or John.Herdson@ColumbiaAssociation.com.
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