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Sending an Email to the City Council in support of SOLO Aquatics

From: domainremoved <Sylvie>
Date: Tue, 5 May 2015 05:17:45 +0000

 Dear City Council,   As a parent 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.  I have heard 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 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 at set fees to SOLO.   Thank you for your time and consideration of my request.   Sylvie Stefant505 Concord DriveMenlo Park, CA 94025 <!--#yiv7944011486 _filtered #yiv7944011486 {font-family:Calibri;panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;} _filtered #yiv7944011486 {font-family:"Palatino Linotype";panose-1:2 4 5 2 5 5 5 3 3 4;}#yiv7944011486 #yiv7944011486 p.yiv7944011486MsoNormal, #yiv7944011486 li.yiv7944011486MsoNormal, #yiv7944011486 div.yiv7944011486MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri", "sans-serif";}#yiv7944011486 a:link, #yiv7944011486 span.yiv7944011486MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv7944011486 a:visited, #yiv7944011486 span.yiv7944011486MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv7944011486 span.yiv7944011486EmailStyle17 {font-family:"Calibri", "sans-serif";color:windowtext;}#yiv7944011486 .yiv7944011486MsoChpDefault {font-family:"Calibri", "sans-serif";} _filtered #yiv7944011486 {margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;}#yiv7944011486 div.yiv7944011486WordSection1 {}-->
Received on Mon May 04 2015 - 22:14:14 PDT

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