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Re: Item D2: accommodation for SOLO aquatics

From: domainremoved <Roni>
Date: Mon, 4 May 2015 20:53:33 -0700

Dear City Council,

As a grandparent of a SOLO swimmer and a Menlo Park resident, I am writing
to express my concerns regarding the access SOLO Aquatics has to Burgess
Park pools.

SOLO is a 501(c)3 non-profit aquatics organization serving Menlo Park and
its surrounding communities for 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.

SOLO 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.

Per contract, Menlo Swim & Sport (MS&S) runs Menlo Park city pools. The
City’s Parks & Recreation Committee is considering extending the current
contract with MS&S, with the understanding that MS&S will maintain previous
agreements with SOLO.

But I do not believe the previous agreements with SOLO are specific enough
to guarantee sufficient accommodation to SOLO. Specifically, 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.

To ensure SOLO’s program receives adequate lane access, I would like 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 lane
hours. 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 direct staff to add a provision to the City’s
contract with MS&S guaranteeing lane allocation and setting rates for SOLO
Aquatics. *

Thank you for your time and consideration of my request.
Best Regards,

Roni Strauss
Received on Mon May 04 2015 - 20:49:34 PDT

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