SOLEDAD — The Soledad pool has finally reopened and is back in face-to-face with the Soledad-Mission Recreation District.
The pool is currently being operated at 50% capacity in a short period of time to help the district become familiar with the operation of new staff and manage the crowd.
Secretary-General Francis Bentson said the residents were anxious and had many crying children when they first entered the pool or when they dealt with simply being around a group of people. She said reopening the pool was like a sense of security for the community.
“The previous year was tough,” Bentson said. “It is very important for children to be able to see our faces. We need to be around and feel understood by others.”
She explained that not only patrons but also staff wanted to know that someone cares about their health.
This applies to the district’s summer theme, “Come Find Your Happy Again.” The goal is to reduce the tension and anxiety people have been feeling for over a year during the shutdown of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Bentson, swimming lessons are as popular as ever, as are recreational swimming. The district oversees a non-aquatic program that will return in the coming weeks.
Art therapy, day camps and movies in the park remain on the roster. Martial arts are underway, but new products include parkour and capoeira.
“It’s a very cool program that combines dance, martial arts and Brazilian culture,” Bengtson said of the Capoeira program, which is scheduled for the next two weeks.
The first movie of the park night is June 25, with Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” projected on the side of the pool building. The movie scheduled for July 9th was still being voted on among the other three Disney movies.
The opening on June 15th was the first opportunity for a new lifeguard to enforce the rules and protect patrons in the pool. They only attended the training before that.
The pool has 26 staff and 8 will be back. Bengtson said pool employees usually stayed at the top for three years, but some staff didn’t come back due to a year of downtime from the activity due to the pandemic shutdown.
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