It is with sadness that the MWP Board informs you that the pool will not be opening this season. This is of because of the ongoing Covid Pandemic. Many hours were spent discussing and thoroughly examining several different factors before a decision was made. Factors including but not limited to logistically being able to not only meet our neighborhood expectations daily but also the added mandatory requirements placed by the City of Indianapolis. As a neighborhood HOA, we could not be responsible for any health risks that people may encounter during this new and unknown virus. Our lifeguards are young adults from our community, and we pride ourselves on hiring them to keep swimmers safe. They should not be patrolling a schedule of swimmers to ensure capacity numbers or having their focus on cleaning and other tasks that would take away from their primary job. We felt it impossible to meet the Health Departments guidelines with our limited supplies and employees. The budget that is allocated for this year’s pool season will now go towards fixing the baby pool and other amenities for the pool.
With that said, to say that this decision will be unpopular is an understatement. We have heard from many in our community and we know our neighbor and friends are hurting. All our daily lives have been turned upside and many were looking forward to using the pool as way to enjoy the summer and get some sense of normalcy back in our lives. We know you will be angry, saddened, and disappointed and for that we are sorry. We look forward to the 2021 season and hope all of you stay healthy and stay safe.
We are looking for any neighbors that will be willing to assist with the opening of the pool once all government mandated restrictions are lifted. Currently, we are looking at opening the pool towards the end of May because that is when there are openings. We should have the exact date of “opening” soon, but we will need all hands on deck to help with prep work before that happens.
For this to happen, we will need as much assistance as possible from neighbors. Justin has done this with his family the past couple years and unfortunately is injured right now. This injury will prevent him from doing it alone this year. He can help, but he cannot do the majority of the work.
At this time also, the baby pool does not have an anticipated opening date. We have a leak in the baby pool that we have been trying to get addressed since August 2019, and we have not been able to get it taken care of yet.
Right now, once all mandated restrictions are lifted our main concern is opening our pool and we will continue to address the baby pool after the main pool is dealt with.
Many of you are aware that the pool has been closed for the past week. (Very, unfortunately, the hottest week of the year!!) In order to operate a pool like ours, we have to submit water samples to a lab for testing weekly. Our water has always been spot on, but in the last few weeks, we have had issues with one marker that the health department checks: Heterotrophic Bacteria. Heterotrophic bacteria itself poses no risk to humans, however, it is an indicator that the water COULD support other problems such as ecoli (although our ecoli test results were clear). Throughout the week, one of the board members who oversees pool operations spent hours and hours cleaning, scrubbing, filling, and shocking the pool to get the test results we needed. He was able to get the water back to acceptable test levels, but not until Thursday, and the process with the lab and health department takes 48 hours, unfortunately putting us to today (Monday the 22nd) before the health department will be open again to give us the ‘all clear’. We have continued to monitor the water purity and have had a local pool company continue to tell us the levels are good, we’re just waiting on the county and hope to be back up and running ASAP.
We’ll take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and remind everyone that the pool belongs to all of us that are homeowners in the Meridian Woods Park community. Aside from the paid lifeguards and their summer manager, the pool is overseen by a volunteer board member. If any of you community members have experience working with pools, even a residential pool or hot tub or know someone who does, and would be willing be part of a small team of volunteers to help navigate these kinds of issues, please send us a message. We really hope in the next year to build some teams within the neighborhood to help take care of and manage the things that make our community great!
The neighborhood pool will be closed throughout the weekend of July 20th and 21st. The soonest it may open is Monday, July 22nd. Updates will be posted here on meridianwoodspark.com and the facebook page as they are known.
In case you haven’t been to the pool yet this year, we have had an amazing start to the 2019 swim season! New pool passes have been issued (if you haven’t received yours yet, stop by the office during hours to have them issued).
Justin McGaha, Nate Smothers, Clay Hicks, Tom Revard, Jan Moorhead, Tim Horty, Allen Rhodes, Dan O’Brien, Ben McGaha, Scott Cabell and Derek Povinelli (I may have missed some guys and I’m sorry) worked countless hours to tear our and replace our old wooden pool deck. They really did an amazing job! If you see any of them, be sure to thank them for their time.
We now have toilet paper dispensers (no more tp on the back of the toilet!) and paper towel dispensers in the restrooms at the pool. YAY!
Phouts Xayamath installed new wooden benches in the Men’s and Women’s pool restrooms to add a little bit of storage during the day.
Our Meridian Woods Park Marlins kicked off the 2019 season last night against Carefree and we took home a win with 300-274! Great job Marlins!