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Board weighs new pool option

John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool staff plan to open a new facility feature within a few months.

“We are going to try to see if we can open up a weight room to the public,” said Craig Carlson, park director, at the March 15 meeting of the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District board.

The pool has a weight room that swim team members use for conditioning and light lifting, but that is not up to public use standards.

“Before we ever opened it up, we would be sure we had a level that we would be satisfied with and could maintain,” Carlson said.

He said he hopes to have a weight room fix-up day April 1 or 10, to paint the room, de-rust the weights and coat them with rust protection.

He said before the weight room opens to the public, pool staff need to make a list of procedures and safety regulations for the room. Guests will have to attend a safety orientation covering basics of lifting procedures and techniques, before they access the weights.

Carlson said that since pool staff will not monitor the room, bench-pressing will not be allowed.

“We don’t have the space or equipment for this to be suitable for serious lifters,” Carlson said.

But he said he does see the weight room as an additional benefit for the facility and for those swimmers who want to tone and condition.

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