Hello Old Farm Swim and Paddle Members,
We hope this message finds you and your families safe and healthy at home. As we all continue to adjust to this new normal, we join you in longing for summer and the simple pleasures of a nice sunny day at Old Farm Pool.
While the pool and paddle tennis courts are still currently closed in compliance with Governor Hogan’s Stay at Home Order, we have started efforts to ready the pool for our planned opening date of May 23rd, 2020. We plan to open the pool as soon as it is safe and in accordance with Federal, State, and Local guidelines.
In the hopes that we open for the season, we have been working with our pool management company to ready the pool for opening day and with that are financial costs. In addition to the pool management company, there are also significant fixed expenses the pool must pay every year, regardless of opening, including taxes, fees, utilities, and insurance. As one might imagine, the pool does not maintain a large reserve and would need member dues to pay fixed and variable costs. Since the end of last pool season, we have also incurred additional costs for updating the grounds such as upgraded electrical, upgraded lighting, a new storage shed, repairs to the pool coping, and removing dead trees and limbs around the pool deck and parking areas. These items were allocated and budgeted for before the impact of COVID-19.
We understand members may have many questions about how this will affect annual dues. Given the fluid nature of what safety regulations are implemented, it is too soon to say what will happen if the opening is delayed or if we are unable to open at all this season. The pool board has had several meetings in the past few weeks and can assure you we have gone over every scenario. After much deliberation here is what the board has decided below:
1) The full season dues will remain the same as Early Bird rates for the 2019 season.
2) Knowing this is a hard time financially for all, we will waive credit card fees to provide some more flexibility to members;
3) If the pool opens later than planned, we will pro-rate dues based on the annual rate and reduced expenses;
4) If the pool does not open, we will issue a credit to your member account to be applied to next year’s dues less the fixed and improvement costs outlined above; and
5) In order to ensure the pool remains a fun destination for this summer and beyond, we are asking all members to pay in full by May 23rd, 2020.
Lastly, we want to thank you all in advance for your patience as we work to figure this all out. We have had no prior event to refer to for guidance and we promise to provide more news and communication as it happens. As always, please feel free to reach out with questions.
Old Farm Swim and Paddle Pool Board:
Chris Scango – President
Tom Walsh – VP
Rob Follit – Treasurer
Elizabeth Riel – Secretary
Questions or Comments: