Petition Tag - swimming

1. Keep Kandanga Pool Open Longer During School Holidays

Lets face it. The Kandanga pool is all we have - but its hardly ever open!

Those of us that live in a small rural town understand the pitfalls that come with it. Generally those are:
- lack of infrastructure
- poorly build roads
- lack of transport for all
- inadequate sporting and exercise facilities for children to keep motivated
- minimal shopping accessibility
- limited activities for teens/youth outside of the family home
- attractions for families to attend and enjoy as a family
- lacking council owned facilities for community groups to attend/flourish

However, those 'typical' rural towns have not also been slugged with:
- a flailing tourism trade
- a dam coming and then going over a 10+ year process
- a local school pool closed to the public
- a weekend market struggling to attract new visitors
- a large caravan and camping park dedicated to tourism removed from the area

However, what is more frustrating, is that locals have access to only ONE community pool between Kenilworth and Gympie (an area more than 55KMs in distance) where locals, visitors and families can meet up and escape the searing heat during summer. It is a family atmosphere, where alcohol is prohibited and kids are welcome!

The local youth can meet their friends and have some fun in a safe and friendly environment, especially with the typical heat that is dealt to these towns during the summer months.

The pool is central to the only RV friendly towns in the Valley. We see a tremendous amount of transient visitors that would continue to use the facilities daily, contributing to our already small economy.

All we ask, is that Gympie Council thinks about the opportunities the Kandanga Pool offers to ALL residents and visitors and reconsiders it opening hours over the school holiday period.

2. Save Ocala Aquatics

The college of Central Florida has notified Ocala Aquatics that it will not be renewing their lease of the Newton Perry Aquatic Center. Effective September 30, 2017.
Ocala Aquatics has been responsible for managing many programs at the pool for the past 13 years. Over 300,000 people of all ages use the pool each year. Swimming lessons, special olympics programs, firefighter/Emt training, CPR training, club and high school team swimming just to name a few.

We do not believe that the College of Central Florida understands the importance this pool and these programs have on our community. We are asking for the support of the community to help us convince the College that this pool is a needed necessity for the safety and betterment of this community.

3. Save Our Swim Team

Whidbey Island's only competitive swim team, "NWAC" or the North Whidbey Aquatic Club (a program of the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District, NWPRD) is under threat of being "dissolved" by a motion of one board member who has decided that this community should not have this athletic option for our children.
The NWAC team has served many hundreds of children in our community over its 3 decade history as a path to health, fitness, focus, success and friendship with other fitness focussed children in the community. The families who have been enrolled in the program in the last year have repeatedly asked the board to provide a financial target to make the team "revenue neutral" to the district, as that had been the board's stated goal. The board rejected a recent plan to do just that, and without engaging the voters of the district any further, moved to "dissolve" the team regardless of whether it can be continued at zero cost to the district's other members.

4. Adelaide Aquatic Centre Closure

There is meeting to be held Saturday 8th April between the Lord Mayor & Councillors to discuss the future of all council-owned assets including the Adelaide Aquatic Centre towards a possible closure.

5. Bring Back Belmont Baths

Please help us BRING BACK BELMONT BATHS. Belmont Progress Association is trying to have Belmont Bath’s rebuilt. This will again give Belmont a safe place for local people to swim. The push to have the Baths rebuilt is being spearheaded by Robin Gordon. Robin is making representations to Lake Macquarie City Council. By adding your name to this petition, Robin can show our councilors that our community wants a new swimming facility. Thank you for your support.

6. 8 Lanes for Inverurie

We need your help to increase the size of the proposed Inverurie Campus Pool.
Current proposals for the Inverurie Community Campus Pool to replace the existing pool in Inverurie show a 6 lane pool It would be a missed opportunity not to size the new pool correctly to meet both the existing and future demands for a new pool in Inverurie.

Only an 8 lane pool can full deliver these benefits;
Deliver a comprehensive Learn to Swim programme.
Reduce the HUGE waiting list for children looking for swimming lessons.
Enhancing the overall appeal of Inverurie.
Encourages visitor numbers both locally and further afield.
Catering for the needs of an expanding population, both now and into the future.
Local people can actually use their own pool.
Provides a community facility that Inverurie can be proud of for future generations.
Increases spending in Inverurie area when events are held at the pool.
Attracts people to live in the area.

#8lanesforinverurie

7. Petition for the amendment of the Bilgola Pool Management Plan

For the last 2 years, November 2015- April 2016 and October 2016 to present we have been running swimming/fitness classes at the Bilgola Rock pool for local children many of whom are current nippers at Surf Life Saving Clubs, training to be our future lifesavers, a huge benefit to the community.

I am a ASCTA Bronze accredited coach and have undertaken numerous courses for swimming skills and first aid.

Originally many of the children were being trained at a local privately run swim school (25mtr pool) which closed down in November of 2015.
As the coach of that swim club, I approached the then Pittwater council to request limited access to the Bilgola Rock Pool so that we could continue training. Upon meeting all the councils criteria required, my request was accepted and a permit granted. Another permit was applied for and granted in October 2016 for the next season (October 2016 - April 2017) and we've been operating well under the council approved permit times (6.30am - 9am).
There is really no other convenient local distance pool to train at, hence our application to the community pool at Bilgola.
We train with lane ropes to protect the children while making the swim more enjoyable and safe for the local swimmers.
Currently our permit allows us to train on:
Wednesdays 6.30am set lane ropes - 7am starts - 7.45 finishes (2 lanes of 8 only)
Thursdays 6.30am set lane ropes - 7am starts - 7.45 finishes (1 lanes of 8 only)
Fridays 6.30am set lane ropes - 7am starts - 7.45 finishes (2 lanes of 8 only)

Note : when the lane ropes are set at 6.30am they are gladly used by the locals as the pool is not marked and there are numerous incidents of accidents where people cross swimming paths. Also many local pool swimmers are happily receiving stroke correction advice and exercises at no charge during this time.

We've had very few complaints compared to the growing support network and there is significant acceptance from the community and the local swimmers at the pool recognising the training of our future lifesavers/surfers in distance swimming.

However, one complainant though has found a clause in the Bilgola Pool Management Plan (BPMP) which states that "a group" is not allowed to begin activities until 7.30am. As the children are school age this time wont work for them (finish 8.15am)

Remember the pool has 8 lanes, at most 2 are in use for a period of 45 min (7am - 7.45am) - that's it.
There is no fee structure, its all by donation and not a prerequisite to attend. Classes can and are cancelled due to bad weather and attendance is a factor of each families busy lives. At the time of this issue council and I were working the pool hiring fee structure.

Of interest, we're advised that Avalon Beach Rock pool management plan start time is 6.30am (15 mtr) and Palm Beach (50mtr but already in use) is 7am

We ask that you sign the following petition to request Northern Beaches Council to amend the BPMP to 6.30am so as to meet the current times of the squads and that are well within the approved current council permit.

8. Support the Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation, Inc. and Save 2 Community Pools

This is a friendly request to show support for the Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation, Inc. and it's mission.

The Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation, Inc. is an IRS approved 501c3 public charity created solely to fill a void in Okaloosa County when our YMCA's unfortunately had to declare bankruptcy. Vision makers, Pam and Bruce Braseth and Kathi and Gary Heapy came together and formed this charity. ECFF mission is to develop physical fitness and water safety among all youth and adults of Okaloosa County. They will provide facilities and programs that will deliver opportunities for instruction, training, health rehabilitation and therapy and competitive excellence primarily in the sports of swimming, running and cycling. ECFF wants to provide a fun, safe, and healthy recreation for all Okaloosa County citizens. Please visit the Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation website and follow them on Facebook.

Please sign to show your program support.

9. Make the Okotoks Community Centre A Safe Place for our kids

Parents and children who use the Okotoks Community Center are expressing concern about teens who are loitering around the Okotoks Community Center after school hours and especially on Friday nights for Teen Night. Many of the teens are smoking cigarettes and many are smoking marijuana in view of the patrons of the complex. The teens are often obnoxious to children and other teens and are intimidating the kids who are using the facility for sports and appropriate uses.

They hang around the entrance way, which all the kids have to pass through to get to their activities, and are also often inside the building harassing the children who are using the facilities properly. In one instance a group of young female swimmers were exposed to the bare butt of a teen boy who pulled down his pants at the window.

Friday nights are especially intimidating as large groups gather for teen night. It seems the teen night is only frequented by certain teens and many are using drugs and alcohol before entering the building. Younger kids and also teens and adults are intimidated by the groups who gather and loiter.

Visitors to our Okotoks Community Center are not greeted with the type of atmosphere we think should represent our town. We would like to request firmer rules for teen night and firmer rules to keep kids who are merely loitering and smoking and being disruptive out of the building and away from the building entrances.

10. Keep Brittas Bay Beach Open

For the last number of years Brittas Bay’s beach car parks have been closed for 8 months of the year.

The beach is used all year round for walking or running or just to get a bit of fresh air & is one of the most beautiful unspoilt beaches in Ireland.

Please sign our petition to have the beach car parks open throughout the year.

11. Lobby for a public Swimming Pool for Lucan

Lucan has over 46,000 people, yet no public swimming pool.

In the 70's and 80's Lucan families donated monies towards leisure facilities.

A pool was planned to go alongside Lucan Leisure Centre in Griffeen Park; the perfect location, with 10+ schools within a 2 mile-radius, on bus-routes and with the space to develop proper parking for users.

It is important that the pool be a public one; private pool facilities are NOT governed by any water-standards for cleanliness, but public pools are.

In the OO's Lucan was again promised a pool by the government, but nothing happened.

For planning purposes, Lucan is often lumped together with Clondalkin, but no connecting bus-service runs between the two towns. In order to access pool-facilities, Lucan people have to drive or bus to Palmerstown, Clondalkin or Leixlip.

Many, many smaller towns around Ireland have their own dedicated public swimming pools.

Before another generation grows up without a pool, we, then undersigned are calling on South Dublin County Council and our Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to priotitise funding to help get Lucan Swimming Pool built, as fast as possible.

LIKE OUR FACEBOOK CAMPAIGN here: https://www.facebook.com/publicpoolforlucan or
TWITTER: @Pool4Lucan

12. Save Bon Accord Baths

Bon Accord Baths is a unique Art Deco public bath house, built in the 1930s and located in the centre of Aberdeen. The building benefitted from a major renovation in 2007/2008 but has never been reopened to the public.

Aberdeen City Council has recently put the building up for sale.

13. FIX OUR CULVER CITY SCHOOL NATATORIUM SWIMMING POOL

Swimming is an important part of the national curriculum. Learning to swim is vital for our children especially when you consider that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children 1-4 years of age.

The Culver City School Natatorium Swimming Pool has not been open since 1991. It's time we refurbish and open it now!

14. Save Grimsby Swimming Pool

The Labour controlled Council are determined to close Grimsby Swimming Pool and replace it with a new facility costing in the region of £8m. sounds great so far untill you begin to look deeper into this,

The existing pool, which was built in the 1960's is much loved and well used by the people of Grimsby and Cleethorpes and even wider affield, it is in a superb central location with good access by public transport and is situated on the edge of one of our most deprived areas giving easy access to the people who live there, in many cases within walking distance.

Although now needing some refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards it has been estimated that this work could be achieved for approximately £2.5m giving the pool many more years of active life and saving the council a lot of money in these hard economic times.

Martin is in favour of keeping the existing pool, in it's current location and will do all he can to support the campaign to SAVE THE POOL.

15. Save Swimming in Perth - Arena Swim Club

Arena Swim Club is the largest Swimming Club in the North of Perth with over 90 competitive members from juniors to state and national swimmers.

The club is non profit and has run out of the WA State Owned Venues West Arena Complex for the past 10 years. Venues West has provided the club with use of the complex and coaching staff for 10 years but has decided that it needs to make revenue from the club.

Venues west are now demanding that the Arena Swim Club pay for its coaches, pay for hire of the swim lanes ($100,000 per year after a few years) and also pay full public swimming entry fees everytime the swimmers enter the complex to go to the lanes they have already paid $100,000 to hire!! Double charging.

16. Support Multisport Chateauguay

Le projet du complexe sportif soccer / aquatique serait situer a proximité de l'hôpital Anna-Laberge, derrière LPP.

The soccer / swimming complex, would be located near the Anna-Laberge hospital, behind the LPP school.

17. Protect Access to Glassbar Island Park

Glassbar Island Park is an historic recreation area located at the confluence of the Middle fork and Coast fork of the Willamette River.

Since the 1950’s, visitors have come to the area to enjoy the diverse wildlife, open space, and other recreational opportunities.

On January 15th, 2013 a proposal was submitted to the Lane county Board of Commissioners that would bar public foot access to the park via publicly owned property indefinitely.

We are urging the Lane County Board of Commissioners and all relevant governing bodies to protect current and continuous public access to Glassbar Island Park.

18. Bring Swimming to Wilbur Cross

Wilbur L. Cross High offers a variety, but a limited number of sports to its students. Many want or have the ability to participate in athletics, but do not have the outlet to release that athletic prowess.

Along with another way to compete against our neighboring town and cities, that's why swimming should be reincorporated into the Wilbur Cross athletic system.

19. Oxford Pools, Exercise, Health and Sport

A new pool for Oxford should be built where all Oxford's competition pools have been built since the first one in 1840, in COWLEY!

The present 25 year old Temple Cowley Swimming pool, Diving pool, Training pool, Gym, Exercise studio, Steam and Sauna rooms could be repaired and refurbished very affordably, saving council tax payers millions of pounds to spend on things people DO want in Blackbird Leys, Rose Hill, Wood Farm etc.

Temple Cowley Leisure Centre in Cowley, is not just a swimming pool and is used by all ages and groups, children, older people, women, ethnic minority groups, disabled and many would have to give up their health routine if we lose facilities in this area of Oxford.

And we want to keep Temple Cowley Library!

The Council will close the Cowley Marsh Works on Marsh Road. This site has good road access, good bus access, is next to a large recreation park and sports pitches, is already a brownfield site therefore virgin park land would not be lost.

IF the City Council insist on building a new pool and replacing all the excellent facilities we already have, then this must be in COWLEY, using already-City-Council-owned land like Cowley Marsh, and where we can ALL access it.

20. Help Keep Sandy Beach Safe For All

The Arkansas Department of Health is reminding parents of the danger that is present when young children are around swimming pools, lakes and streams.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 years.”

21. Keep Burlington Junior School Swimming Pool open

Burlington Junior School has made the decision to close the swimming pool and replace it with extra classrooms needed for pastoral care.

Swimming is an important part of the national curriculum and the closure of this pool will mean children effectively miss out on this convenient and enjoyable lesson, having to travel to another town to take their lessons, and the time restraints on this will ultimately mean less lessons if any.

Given the geographical location of Bridlington, learning to swim is vital for our children, and we believe this pool should not be closed under any circumstances.

22. Kerry Harbour Bye Laws Contradict Rural Sports Events, Tourism & Community Living

The proposed Bye Laws being introduced will severely impact the lives of rural living.

There are super facets to this bill, we all accept that slipways NEED to be clear, that certain offenders need to be punished BUT NOT at a price of destroying certain areas of rural life. Banning an activity while including the term "Written Consent" indicates a personality driven law.
This "Harbour" ruling includes sandy beaches as Foreshore-in laws that govern Piers.

Piers in rural areas are not as "piers" can be imagined. Majority are communities where people meet, swimming is a normal activity and a daily activity. Scuba Diving operations are operated from slipways and are commercial businesses which will be impacted.
7.15 No diving operation, swimming or bathing shall be carried out within the
Harbour except with the written consent of the Harbour Master / Authorised
Officer.
7.18 No person or organisation shall film, photograph or otherwise record for
commercial use, within the Harbour, save with the prior consent of the Council
and by payment of an appropriate fee.

There are charges like parking proposal €1 @hr and clamping proposal which may be sold on to a company.
Piers are where communities gather, always to chat and meet. They are the hub of rural tourism and to be told what we shall and not take a picture is insane as so many things are now commercial..

They have stated that "they would not enforce the draconion ones"!!!
Why include them in the first place..
Triathlon will in it's present state be difficult to obtain insurance to the liability standards requirement.

http://www.kerrycoco.ie/en/allservices/roads/draftharbourbye-laws/thefile,5992,en.pdf

http://www.kerrycoco.ie/en/allservices/roads/draftharbourbye-laws/maps/

23. Save Grimsby Swimming Pool (Scaffa Baffs)

Noth East Lincolnshire Council have announced their new plans for the local leisure centre, and one of their plans is the closure and possible demolition of Grimsby Swimming Pool, known locally as 'Scaffa Baffs'.

It is a well loved and well used amenity, and to close it would leave a lot of people without a decent place to go and swim, plus the other leisure centres are too far away for people without transport to go regularly.

24. Save the Wilson 50

The Wilson Aquatic Center is DC’s first state-of-the art indoor aquatic facility. It was built with DC taxpayers’ dollars for use by all residents of the District of Columbia. Maintained by DC’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), its unique, stellar 50-meter pool is used and enjoyed by people of all ages from all over the city, as well as swimmers within the Washington metropolitan area. Non-residents who use the pool must pay a fee, which is revenue for the facility.

Contrary to the assertions of some, the Wilson pool is not just a neighborhood pool. It's a unique aquatic facility for all DC residents. Swimmers of wide-ranging ability swim its 50 meters, which is divided into slow, medium and fast lanes, in addition to a leisure lane for water-walking and other exercise. There's also a kiddy pool for parents with infants and toddlers and where young children can play. And for those who want to learn to swim or improve their skills, there are swimming and water aerobics classes for people of all ages.

As comments on this petition continue to reveal, the 50-meter course provides great satisfaction to new and experienced swimmers. Swimmers of all levels can get a good workout and improve their endurance while enjoying the gorgeous, long stretch of water. For 25-yard student swim meets, the pool lane lines can be re-configured, and for the Wilson students as needed.

As DPR’s website states: “The Wilson Aquatic Center is DC's premier indoor aquatic facility.” Let’s keep it that way by keeping the 50-meter course. Don’t disappoint the thousands of DC residents who swim Wilson’s beautiful 50 meters every week. It’s a world class pool for everyone.

For those who prefer shorter course swimming, there are eight other indoor and 18 outdoor DC pools: http://dpr.dc.gov/DC/DPR/Facilities+and+Permits/Aquatic+Facilities

25. Save Bingley Pool

Bradford MD Council are cutting the opening hours at Bingley Pool from 11 April, with no consultation with users and very little notice.

The new opening hours will mean only 23 hours of public swimming per week, with many of these sessions being restricted to particular groups.

The swimming pool will be closed to the public on MONDAYS and SATURDAYS.

All weekday early morning swims have been cut, along with a reduction in lunchtime swims and there will be no Fun Splash session.

The gym has also had it's hours restricted with early morning access only on a Sunday.

Users are concerned that this is a step towards total closure of the facility.

26. Open Dufferin Islands, Niagara Falls to Public Swimming

The Dufferin Islands are a wonderful place to bring friends and family to enjoy the outdoors. It is situated just moments away from down-town Niagara Falls, steps away from the Horseshoe itself.

The idea has been proposed to reopen the Dufferin Islands to public swimming for the benefit of all locals and guests to the city. The Parks Commission has grown to be a large business influence in the region, and in all fairness it would be a financially reasonable request to reopen access to the ponds compared to the many other ventures the commission is undertaking.

Reopening would create new jobs for young people, and introduce a new generation of youth to the joy and beauty that our dear city has. We believe that in the name of progress and outdoor activity for the people of Niagara Falls, the Dufferin Islands should be reopened to public swimming usage.

27. Let our kids swim!

Windsor has experienced historic success in swimming. We support the largest participation in the sport and have many pools around our community. As recently as 2006 Windsor and Essex County schools have represented 4 of the top 5 finishes in the OFSAA Championships.

Recent closures and neglect of high school pools have contributed to the falling out the swim programs in Windsor. This year our top 4 schools finished in the top 100.

The Windsor Star has reported that school boards are expecting to close pools as repairs become needed. Rather than allowing success to flourish they are choosing to neglect their own success. So far 4 of the city's 6 school pools have closed, all of which can be easily repaired.

These pools have supported community programs such as Special Olympics, Swimming lessons, Scuba clubs, and life saving programs. It has created a mecca of OFSAA swim championships over 4 decades long, and has taught students valuable water safety in a county surrounded by water.

28. Keep Ely Leisure Centre in centre of Ely!

East Cambridgeshire District Council are submitting plans for a multi million pound out of town Leisure centre on the edge of Ely.

Ely already has a central Leisure Centre which is leased until 2085 and it would be more cost effective if this site was developed and upgraded to meet the demands of the local population while increasing people entering the centre of Ely and supporting the local economy!

29. Make women-only sessions women-only

Peckham Pulse's advertised women-only swimming sessions are NOT women-only sessions. They are staffed by male lifeguards. And they are overlooked by the mixed gym sessions.

We want swimming sessions that really are what they say they are: women-only.

It is important to have safe, women-only spaces especially for women who are rape (1 in 10 women - Home Office figures) or domestic violence (1 in 4 women - Refuge figures) survivors. Women who cannot be undressed/unveiled in front of men for religious reasons are excluded from the Peckham Pulse swimming pool. The sessions also exclude other women who choose not to be undressed in front of men.

Many women travel rather than use Peckham Pulse.

Please sign so that these women can use our local swimming pool.

**UPDATE**
Peckham Pulse is currently offering 60% cover for women-only sessions in its main swimming pool. They have recruited new female lifeguards and tell me that they will have enough female lifeguards to get 100% cover by
November.

They have so far rejected recommendations for making the wider environment that overlooks the pool also women-only during women-only sessions and/or blocking off the viewing areas using awnings or blinds.

**END UPDATE**

30. Save Free Swimming in Wirral

The leader of Wirral Council, Geoff Green, is telling the people of Wirral that he has saved free swimming when in reality he has delayed making a decision about it's future until September.

Up and down the country councils are scrapping free swimming after David Cameron cancelled the scheme earlier this month. This will come as a huge blow to the thousands of people in Wirral who take advantage of free swimming.

Ask for the Tory/Liberal council to send a message to David Cameron and Nick Clegg by keeping swimming free in Wirral.