Albany Aquatic Center Grand Opening Set for Feb. 15

This memo was posted on the Albany Unified School District website on Monday. Click the "Keep me posted" button below this story for updates on the pool.

[Editor's Note: This memo was posted on the Albany Unified School District website on Monday. Click the "Keep me posted" button below this story for updates on the pool. Read more about the pool on Albany Patch . See photos from the construction project .] 

We are delighted to announce that the pool is filled and staff is hired at the Albany Aquatic Center. We are pleased to offer a variety of programs, classes and events to fit the many users and groups at our pool. A wide variety of programs will be offered throughout the year. Our programs will provide opportunities for individuals and families to participate in learning, exercise and recreational programs in a new and exciting atmosphere. The facility is open to Albany residents and non-residents, students and staff. Contact the pool for more information about our facility, programs, daily fees and membership options. 

The Albany High School Swim Team and Aquatic Center staff will be the first group to use the pool for practice and training purposes. After that it will be time for the community to come in and take a dip! 

  • The Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th
  • The indoor pool will be open limited hours for lap swim, open water exercise and recreational swim the week of February 13th 
  • Walk-up registration, pass sales and staff guided tours will be available at the Aquatic Center starting February 13th  
  • Online registration for classes (Albany Residents starts on February 1st; Non-Resident registration starting on February 6th)

We know that the Albany Aquatic Center will become a destination point and learning center for our students. Albany Aquatic Center will continue its legacy of being a community asset that Albany can be proud of. We hope to see you swimming soon!

Please visit our website www.ausdk12.org and click on the Albany Aquatic Center tab to review our program guide and pool schedules. Click the “register now” button to sign up for classes!

Click the "Keep me posted" button below this story for updates on the pool. 

Peggy McQuaid January 31, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Larry Craighill January 31, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Yes! I can't wait. Peggy, I still have 9 swims left on my old card...... just kidding!
Steve Chervitz Trutane January 31, 2012 at 05:08 AM
I saw the shimmering reflections of water on the inside walls when i was at Mem park on Sat. :)
Mark January 31, 2012 at 07:24 AM
Almost 4% "processing fee" to sign up for anything online. And the BS begins....
Amy Smolens January 31, 2012 at 07:38 AM
That fee "is paid directly to the online service provider. You may continue to register in person at the Albany Aquatic Center or Adult Education office using credit cards, check or cash." So you have options.
Judy Tart January 31, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I was very disappointed to read the online brochure and find there is no exercise class scheduled for older adults or people with disabilities. Dozens of us who attended classes at the old Albany Pool have been eagerly awaiting the new pool's completion and looking forward to classes designed to help us keep fit.
Peggy McQuaid January 31, 2012 at 04:55 PM
There is a water calisthenics class on Monday and Wednesday, 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. The brochure states, " An instructor led water exercise class set to music, integrating range ofmovement, balance, stretching and aerobic activity. Class is in the shallow water and open to all levels. No swimming ability required. There is also a wide variety of class listed to meet the needs of many. This are the initial programs of the pool. The number and type of classes can grow over time.
Michael Barnes January 31, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Every time I drive by the pool, I see the water and I get a surge of adrenaline. Can't wait can't wait can't wait!
Sylvia Russell January 31, 2012 at 07:03 PM
And no calisthenics class on Fridays! Why?
Michael Barnes February 01, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Richard, I've been to several bike races and centuries where small clubs use similar online services to process fees for them. Many small organizations don't have the resources to build a website to handle financial transactions. Since the pool is new, and the school district is strapped for funds, I suspect they chose to outsource this service for now. Maybe that will change. However, don't be misled--it may be the case that the El Cerrito pool or the YMCA just hides these fees and passes them along to other users. In a similar situation, the owner of my local corner grocery complains that the credit card fees charged to business owners mean that cash-paying customers subsidize credit card customers. Likewise, I suspect that if not for online fees, cash-paying pool users would end up subsidizing online payers. In any case, this is not a show-stopper for me. I'll just pay when I get to the pool. Or i'll pay the fee online. It's not a big deal for me.
JJMarieKK February 01, 2012 at 05:00 AM
The class schedule looks great. Good job!
Larry Craighill February 01, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Wow. Richard could benefit from some soothing exercise. I recommend swimming. Chill, and get some laps in. It'll do you wonders.
sharon schaal watson February 07, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Well, isn't this grand! I started working at the old Albany Pool in 1951 as a teacher and later on as a life guard. I was there all 4 years that I was a student at AHS. (We actually were at AHS 5 years because 8th grade was there too). Even to this day when I smell chlorine I get visual flash backs of those days. Good times!
Ira Sharenow February 13, 2012 at 05:00 AM
El Cerrito does not charge a fee for online registration and payment. So who is going to be the first customer tomorrow? Did the swim teams and staff enjoy the pool this weekend?
Michael Barnes February 13, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Ira, my son has been hired as a lifeguard, and he was at all-day training sessions both days this weekend. Sounded like work, not fun, but it was necessary to get everyone trained.
Tim Q. Cannon February 13, 2012 at 07:58 PM
what time Wednesday?
Peggy McQuaid February 13, 2012 at 08:00 PM
4 p.m.
Emilie Raguso February 13, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Here's the link about when and where for the pool grand opening: http://albany.patch.com/events/albany-aquatic-center-grand-opening


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