Beat the summer heat

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

An outdoor pool is the place to be as temperatures soar in New Mexico, under the toasty summer sun.
Several pools located in Los Alamos and White Rock boast memberships that keep things humming during swim season.
Piñon Park Pool is just one of the locations that offer memberships for sale and rent to community members here for the summer or here to stay.
The Bryce Avenue location is centrally located in White Rock, just a short distance from the White Rock Branch Library, White Rock Senior Center and more.
Membership Chair Connie Goettee praises her fellow board members with accomplishing the daily tasks and activities to keep the pool in prime condition.
President Tadeeusz Raven, vice president Tracy Wenz, secretary Carlotta McInteer and treasurer Lyle Bawden, are just some of the folks that make the little club go, while John Middleditch, oversees the maintenance portion that keeps the pool in tip top shape.
“These are usually three-year terms, and we do have a few members who will be rotating off the board this year,” Goettee said. “We are always looking for new board members to bring new ideas to the table.”
The pool is open daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through the first day of school. It remains open in the late afternoon and weekends once school starts, through Labor Day. They also offer early-morning lane swimming from 6:30 a.m.-8 a.m. Monday-Friday and additional lane swimming times from noon–1 p.m. and 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. daily.
The pool was built in the early 1960s, with owners each purchasing a share of the pool and paying an annual assessment fee.
“This year the board of directors voted to implement a new assessment fee structure based upon the number of household members assigned to a membership,” Goettee said. “The one-person membership assessment fee is $150; the two-person membership assessment fee is $300; and a family membership (three or more) assessment fee is $425.”
One bonus to a membership is the addition of guest passes and the luxury of having out-of-town guests admitted for free during their visit.
Membership also includes late-night swims, facility use for small parties, the use of pool toys and grills and a discount on lessons and classes. The month of July will include four levels of classes: pre-beginner, beginner, intermediate and advanced.
“We have a great staff at Piñon Park Pool, including several employees who have worked here for years,” Goettee said. “Our managers are Ryan Hemphill and Feliz Pacheco. Head guard this year is Katie Hemphill.”
The pool also hosts an additional 12 guards and nine basket room staff available to assist their members.
Members can bring in their own food items or purchase some things from staff at the snack bar.
The pool even has their own website, pinonpool.com. For more information, call 672-3247.