News and Announcements
Unfortunately, our July 6th Opening Pool Day has been delayed and put on hold. We know it is surreal, since tomorrow is July 4th and we are usually together celebrating in the parade and at the pool.
CPAC continues to coordinate with the City of Atlanta’s Parks Department and Pandemic Team, as well as have been collaborating with our fellow Atlanta public/private partnership pools in Garden Hills and Piedmont Park. Since our last correspondence, we submitted a robust swim schedule inclusive of transition and disinfecting breaks throughout the day.
However, there is a heightened concern at City Hall about an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rates. They have decided to take a cautious approach and outdoor pools are on a week to week review regarding Opening Day. BTW, the hospitalization rate increases are not just related to COVID-19, but other activity.
Moreover, Atlanta is reported to have the lion’s share of cases in Fulton County, but as best we can tell it has been getting better over the last seven days after an uptick. Also, there seems to be a lag in the data and they track backwards on 7 day trailing averages, so hopefully in another week it will be deemed safer and our leaders will be comfortable again about fully reopening the pools.
All of this is outside our control, but the glass is half-full, since we are being allowed to continue serving our swim teams under our CPAC COVID-19 guidelines. Also, the City is currently considering a request to give us the option to provide lap swimming by reservation outside of swim team in the interim. As you know, we have 20 swimming lanes set up and we hope to hear something early next week.
Thanks again for your patience and ongoing support.
We wish everyone a SAFE and Happy 4th of July!
GOD BLESS AMERICA,
The Chastain Park Athletic Club (CPAC) submitted a compelling plan to the City of Atlanta Parks Department to fully reopen the pool last week, but under strict guidelines. (The guidelines are attached as submitted by CPAC to the City.) Our plan was vetted by the City of Atlanta’s Pandemic Team. The outcome was we have been given permission to slowly start reopening with our “Swim Teams” first. We know the public and our pool members are disappointed and we are too, since we cannot serve you yet. However, we are grateful to the Parks Department and Pandemic Team for their willingness to work with us and our initial progress.
As you may know, the Chastain Park Swimming Pool is 1 of 15 outdoor public swimming pools in the City of Atlanta. Piedmont Park, Garden Hills and CPAC operate independently through similar public-private partnerships with the City of Atlanta. Moreover, the Parks Department has the goal of reopening ALL the outdoor swimming pools in early July at the same time and earlier if possible.
We know you have a lot of questions, but we do not have all the answers yet. Some of our swim team programs have gradually start back this week with our year-round USA Swimming and US Masters teams first. These teams will be followed next week by our summer Tidal Waves Swim Team on Monday, June 22nd and then our Atlanta Adult Swim League team with the date TBD.
Thank you again for your extraordinary patience and support.
The document CPAC_Guidelines_Swim_Teams_0615_2020.pdf was attached to this post.
We are not open yet, but we made progress this week as we passed our delayed annual Fulton County inspection on Tuesday. Therefore, we should be able finalize our plans and protocols once we know how the City of Atlanta’s decisions impact the Chastain Park Swimming Pool. We will meet with the City this coming Monday.
It is our hope to be able to share a clearer picture by Tuesday, June 2nd and begin serving you again sooner than later. Thank you for your patience and support.
Remember as we navigate the current chaos and uncharted waters that WE are stronger together!
We hope everyone is safe and well. Thank you again for your patience, but we are still in a Holding Pattern for getting back in the water. We are working on scenarios to serve you and the public this summer. Swim teams will probably be in the mornings to segment populations. Schedule will likely start with our US Masters (year-round adults), USA Swimming (year-round kids), and then the Tidal Waves Swim Team (summer kids). Basically, we will adjust hours and rules to serve as many as safely as possible.
In the meantime, we are evaluating pragmatic operational safety guidelines from multiple sources including the CDC and the State of Georgia, while awaiting our scheduled annual inspection by the Fulton County Health Department within the week, as well as decisions from the Mayor’s office in the City of Atlanta. The government has key guidelines on activity sizes and social distancing.
Also, we have continued to make incremental progress at our facility during the break. How about HVAC in the bathrooms, as well as having more improvements on the drawing board.
As of this time, we do not have an update from the Atlanta Adult Summer League, but they are hopeful of having a limited swim team season.
On the kids front, Coach Carter and team are in the planning stages for our summer SIX-time Champions, Tidal Waves Swim Team. If you have children planning on or thinking about swimming with the Tidal Waves, please click this LINK and take the short SURVEY by Friday, May 22nd . We are in the midst of this survey to help us respond to the ASA Summer League and determine feasibility.
Thank you for your support and patience as we navigate these uncharted waters.
Yours in service,
We hope your family is safe and well. CPAC wants to let you know we remain optimistic about the summer season. Moreover, we are thankful for all the frontline workers in healthcare, public safety, and the military for keeping us safe. In addition, it is hard to fathom that 30 million of our fellow citizens are now unemployed in less than two months time, but we will all persevere.
As you can imagine, CPAC is dealing with many variables and adjusting on a daily basis with the goal of getting us all back in the water in a safe environment. Along these lines, CPAC has participated in national webinars and discussions with other aquatic professionals, which included representatives of the CDC. In the meantime, we continue to improve our facility and make necessary repairs, as well as clean and consider new protocols depending on the curve of the virus.
Our exact Opening Day hinges on the decisions by the many different levels of government we serve under, resources and staffing. On the federal level, we have a three phase set of economic guidelines and the CDC guidelines continuing to emphasize 6 ft of social distancing, good hygiene, etc. On GA state level, a slow reopening of the economy has started and vulnerable populations have been asked to remain in shelter-in-place mode.
At the Fulton County level, all commercial and public pools inspections (required for summer opening) have been delayed till at least May 13th. At the Atlanta city level, services are still suspended at public facilities and a Stay-at-Home order is still in effect. (Our facility is owned by the City of Atlanta and operated by CPAC, a 501©(3) charitable nonprofit organization.)
We have come such a long way over the last 18 years. CPAC has overcome many hurdles including saving and transforming a closed / condemned pool, made it through a recession and survived losing half our membership to a private sector health club. Now, as in the past, we need to be patient, steady and pragmatic to continue our progress and beat this pandemic together.
CPAC expects to have our inspection by May 15th. However, operations will not start till later. We will be communicating recommended guidelines from public health agencies as well. Therefore, let’s count our blessings of people, community and a unique aquatic facility, while praying for our leaders to discern the right path forward.
For planning purposes, CPAC is adjusting our swim team schedules with the goal to be ready for ALL our swim teams summer and year-round for children and adults to ideally be back in the water during Memorial Day Week. Our Atlanta summer leagues have not set any meet dates yet, but we have the ability to have meets either way when we get the all clear. USA Swimming is sharing recommendations regularly in this fluid situation. This summer will be different, but we will make the best of it and keep you posted.
Refunds will be issued if services are not rendered. If so, you will be given the option to convert funds to a charitable donation.
Also, CONTRIBUTIONS are being accepted to help offset lost revenues and ongoing expenses.
Thank you for your support and patience.
We look forward to serving you again soon.
God Bless All,
Chastain Park Athletic Club