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MoveOn encourages everyone to listen to public health experts and follow CDC guidelines to protect their health and the economy.

To: City of Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber, City Manager Jarel LaPan Hill, Parks & Rec Director John Munoz & City Council Members

Open Bicentennial Pool

Open Bicentennial Pool

Open Bicentennial Pool for Reserved Lap Swimming.

Why is this important?

Bicentennial Pool is an outdoor single sport facility. It is the logical, obvious and best option, by far, for opening a City of Santa Fe sports facility. Here is why: it is inherently more conducive to managing healthy conditions and maintaining public safety because of the simple fact that it is outside. It is the city's only outdoor swimming facility, it is smaller than other venues so less staff is needed to operate and it is easily accessible without touching doors or other surfaces.

This sports facility should be considered an "essential business" for the health and well-being of Santa Fe residents and it is scientifically/medically proven that chlorinated pool water effective kills and inactivates viruses, and it is likely that it also kills and inactivates coronavirus.

BC is ready to open—they have passed city inspections, have designed entry and exit protocols for minimal indoor time and maintaining suggested personal distancing, a system for timely disinfecting the facility, have lifeguards and staff ready to work despite furloughs and a lane reservation system ready to implement.

For those of us competitive swimmers, being in the water is as essential as breathing air. We are a dedicated group of athletes who maintain our mental and physical health by working out in the water. These health benefits are exactly the same for swimmers who are less “competitive” but no less serious about being in the water. Swimmers can bring their own gear, arrive with a mask and with swim suits on and the City Health Department has waived the required shower so locker rooms do not have to be opened except for restroom use.

Swimming has been proven to maintain physical and mental fitness by keeping one’s heart rate up with less impact stress on the body, building endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness, helping to maintain a healthy body weight, healthy heart and lungs, toning muscles and building strength, providing one of the best physical therapies for recovering from injuries due to its "low impact” nature, helping people with asthma, improving symptoms of multiple sclerosis, managing mental health and stress and many more benefits too numerous to mention.

Thanks you for signing this petition.

How it will be delivered

I will email and deliver this petition in person. I will also write a Letter to the Editor of the New Mexican in support of and to promote the opening of BC.

Reasons for signing

  • Returning back to normalcy life and reopening montgomery county, Bring jobs back and recreation & senior centers, Sports activities, large family gatherings, personal services, Malls & Stores, Religious Facilities, Live Entertainment. Returning back to all cities, countries and all states around the world. Preventing & Stopping & slowing the spread of coronavirus and wear a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Returning back to all cities, countries and all states around the world. Preventing & Stopping & slowing the spread of coronavirus and wear a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19. Release all families and children out of cages/jail. nonpublic schools may reopen for in-person instruction.
  • I signed this because swimming is good for most people and GCCC pool has gross locker rooms. This is better.


2020-07-30 18:00:33 -0400

Bicentennial Pool is finally opening Monday 3 August 2020!
Please see the message I just emailed for details!

2020-07-06 16:50:08 -0400

Hey Swimmers and Swim Supporters alike!
172 signatures so far. Thanks for signing! But we need more before I submit them to the mayor, city manager, et al. My letter to the editor of the New Mexican about BC was published today:
Some of you saw it and sent me responses—thanks! It would help to write to the New Mexican also. Perhaps mention the fact that upper level elected and appointed city officials have been absolutely unresponsive. Letters can be short, to the point, supportive—and its timely:
Calling/emailing the Mayor and City would be great too:
City Manager, Jarel LaPan Hill, (505) 955-6848
Mayor Alan Webber: (505) 955-6590
Thanks so much! LF

2020-06-26 17:19:00 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-06-25 23:25:04 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-06-25 18:05:31 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-06-25 16:05:31 -0400

10 signatures reached