Spring swim lessons are being planned for the Ridgway pool, March-May 2024. While space is limited at Ridgway, a wide range of lesson levels with the same high-quality instruction that residents are used to will be offered.
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The zero-depth splash pad will have 15 different interactive spray features including dripping palm trees, water cannons, deck sprayers, a super soaker, spraying arches, water activity table, and more. Additionally, two new reservable picnic areas with picnic tables and shade covers will be built for community rentals and birthday parties. Concrete pool deck areas, which are currently aging and failing, will also be replaced to provide enhanced accessibility and meet slope requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. New landscaping with a tropical theme, including palm trees, will be added to create a beautiful and enticing tropical paradise.
The new splash pad and spray ground attraction and picnic areas at Finley Aquatic Center will provide interactive fun for families, in addition to the Finley pool that is currently well loved and used by swimmers and water fitness enthusiasts. The new splash pad attraction and picnic areas will generate new revenues for the Finley Aquatic Center and will differ from similar features at the Ridgway Swim Center in that they will accommodate younger families.
Yes, creation of the splash pad, picnic areas and new concrete decking at the Finley Aquatic Center will require closure of the pool and aquatic facility during construction. It is anticipated that the project will go out to bid in early 2023. To avoid impacts to the summer swim programs, construction is now tentatively scheduled to begin late August 2023 and be completed by June 2024.
Finley aquatic programs displaced during the closure will be held at the city’s Ridgway Swim Center as scheduling availability allows, including lap swimming, water fitness classes, and swim lessons. Additionally, swimmers may consider options available at other local community pools, such as the new Olympic-sized pool at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Ridgway water temperature is currently set at 79-80 degrees to accommodate the needs of competitive swimmers and swim teams. During the Finley construction closure, the water temperature at Ridgway will be increased to between 80-82 degrees to help accommodate the preferences of Finley pool users.
Yes, Ridgway’s early morning Masters Swim and Neptune practice has moved to the new Santa Rosa Junior College pool, thus allowing for early morning lap swim at Ridgway, Monday thru Friday from 6-8am, and evening Lap Swim Monday thru Friday from 7-8pm. Expanded lap swim times may be offered if there is interest and demand. When Finley closes, these additional hours will be added to the existing Monday thru Sunday 9am-1pm Lap Swim hours.
Yes, Water Fitness classes will be offered Monday thru Sunday from 9-10am and 10-11am, and Monday thru Thursday from 7-8pm at Ridgway during the Finley closure. Due to contract obligations with the Neptune Swim Team the 5-6pm Water Fitness class will not be offered. Water temperature will be 80-82 degrees, and the water space configuration will be 3-5 lanes running shallow to deep.
The Cardinal Newman High School program is moving to the Santa Rosa Junior College 50 meter pool, the City of Santa Rosa Water Polo Program will be taking a break during the Finley construction closure, and the Neptune Swim Team has started a Youth Water Polo Program at the Santa Rosa Junior College pool. For more information, please visit santarosaneptunes.com.