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Truckee Aquatic Center getting ‘overwhelmingly positive’ reviews

Families play inside the warm water pool at the brand-new Truckee Aquatic Center.
Courtesy TDRPD |

Lifeguards sought

The Truckee Aquatic Center is hiring lifeguards, according to the TDRPD. The aquatic center will hold lifeguard training on Oct. 12-16. For more information, contact Aquatics Coordinator Amanda Oberacker at 530-582-2361 or amanda@tdrpd.org.

More online: Visit tdrpd.org/facilities/community-pool.html to learn more about the aquatic center.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — At the brand-new Truckee Aquatic Center, for the most part, everything has been going — pardon the pun — swimmingly.

Since it opened its doors on Sept. 5 (Labor Day), Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District has seen a wave of locals and visitors dip and dive into the expansive new aquatic center, said Amanda Oberacker, TDRPD aquatics coordinator.

“It’s been busy, it’s been full, which has been really great,” said Oberacker, adding that she did not have any specific attendance figures. “One of my girlfriends was in here last week and she was just blown away by how busy it was. She said, ‘Clearly, this place was needed.’

“People are coming and talking about it and coming back.”

Indeed, the feedback TDRPD has received thus far has been “overwhelmingly positive,” said Oberacker, noting that people — of all ages — have expressed their excitement for having a facility with an array of indoor activities year-round.

The 26,000-square-foot Truckee Aquatic Center, a $9.2 million project, includes a 10-lane competition lap pool measuring 25 yards, as well as a warm-water pool with a temperature of 90 degrees that serves senior fitness, those rehabbing from leg injuries and those learning to swim.

“The senior population, they have this ability to use the warm-water walking and warm-water therapy that they didn’t have before,” Oberacker said. “And we’ve been able to reach the 0 to 5 (year-old) population, as well. I think the 0 to 5 parents are very lacking in places to be outside of their home in the winter months. I’m really excited, and I think the community is really excited, about that changing.”

Oberacker said the TDRPD is still “fine-tuning its schedule” to see what will, and won’t, work. Currently, the aquatic center is open seven days a week, offering lap lane availability, open swim times in the lap pool and recreation pool, and water walking sessions in the current channel (or lazy river).

Notably, during open swim times, children under 14 years old need to pass a swimming test before entering the pool.

In addition, the center offers swimming lessons for those as young as 6 months old and those ages 5 and up. There are also lessons available for kids interesting in joining a swim team or working on strength and endurance.

Naturally, though, with any new facility, there’s going to be a few kinks to work out.

Specifically, one concern that surfaced over the course of the Truckee Aquatic Center’s first few weeks in operation is the entry fee parents have to pay, even if they’re not using the pool.

This was recently expressed by Truckee resident Nicole Reitter in a letter to the Sierra Sun.

“We’re trying to be responsible, safe, engaged parents by being there as a second set of eyes on our kids while they’re in the water, and caring about our children’s activities,” wrote Reitter. “But oops, it has a price tag?

“I could see a modest fee, perhaps $1-2 for non-swimmers, but $6 is absolutely gouging,” she continued. “Reconsider this fee, TDRPD, so this terrific new facility isn’t met with a tinge of resentment from our community, even before it’s one month old.”

Reitter wasn’t the only local parent who felt this way.

In fact, Oberacker said, the center has reduced the non-swimming fee for adults from $6 to $4, effective early last week.

“We have addressed that because we have gotten several complaints about that,” she said. “We have addressed the non-swimmer fee — we feel the best way to address it is to offer them a discounted rate — but we’re still open to comments.

“I just want to remind the public that this is all a work in progress. We are very open to recommendations and suggestions, and none of these policies are the be-all, end-all. We always have our door open and our phone lines open.”

Parents of children who are in swimming lessons do not have to pay to get into the center, Oberacker added.