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Item D2 / City Aquatics Operation

From: domainremoved <John>
Date: Mon, 4 May 2015 20:18:13 -0700

Dear Mayor Carlton, Council members,

I am writing to you with respect to item D2 on the agenda for the May 5 meeting, "Approve the Parks and Recreation Commission recommendation to negotiate with Menlo Swim and Sport to extend the lease agreement for City aquatics operation”.

My family is a regular user of Burgess pool year round through the SOLO swim program.

SOLO is a 501(c)3 non-profit aquatics organization serving Menlo Park and its surrounding communities for well over 20 Years. SOLO provides a program in which swimmers learn not only outstanding technique, but also self-discipline, dedication, loyalty, respect, goal setting, time management, personal success, and how to overcome setbacks effectively. Moreover, SOLO teaches swimmers to truly love the sport.

Menlo Swim & Sport (MS&S) runs Menlo Park city pools. Both the Parks and Recreation Committee and Staff are recommending that contract be extended rather than opening up a new RFP.

SOLO currently operates a schedule using eight lanes for two hours on weekdays between 4 and 6pm and eight lanes for two hours on Saturday from 11am to 1pm however during the summer months, MS&S significantly reduces lane access to SOLO Aquatics, crippling SOLO’s summer swim program. Currently, MS&S is offering only four lanes instead of eight for SOLO’s summer weekday practice and no lanes at all on Saturday year round.

To ensure SOLO’s program receives adequate lane access, I would like is to see SOLO’s lane numbers, hours, and fees specified in the new MS&S contract before that contract is signed. This should be fairly simple as MS&S has operated Burgess pool for 5 years already and should know the costs of providing lane hours. In addition, to leave the grant of lane numbers and hours to the discretion of MS&S is a clear conflict of interest as MS&S has competing classes and is not incentivized to accommodate SOLO.

I ask the council to add a provision to the City’s contract with MS&S guaranteeing lane hours and set fees to SOLO.

Yours faithfully,

John Martin
Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park
Received on Mon May 04 2015 - 20:14:06 PDT

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