When my husband and I moved to Frederick County, one of the considerations was a neighborhood with a pool in it. Having grown up spending our youthful summers at pools, we felt it important for our children to have that experience too. We found this at Lake Linganore.

Flash forward 22 years. The kids are grown, but I still use the pool for my 53-year-old mentally handicapped sister, who lives with us in the summer. Because she moves slowly and is not very steady on her feet, we have enjoyed getting into the pool during adult swim because it is less hectic. Imagine our dismay when the homeowners association decided to eliminate adult swims for fear of a lawsuit. Who would sue over adult swims, you might ask? Those under the age of 16 who are “discriminated” against because they can’t use the pool for 15 minutes out of every hour! The HOA board of directors made this move on the advice of legal counsel because this has happened in, of all places, California. When I approached community leaders with my concerns for my sister’s safety, it was suggested that we use a pool on the other side of the community because it is less busy. Sorry, but I feel I have the right to use the pool in my neighborhood where I live.

Growing up at a pool and later working at a pool, I know that there are two reasons for adult swims. First, to have the kids take a break and not get exhausted and hurt themselves by going nonstop for four hours in the sun (hence the alternate name “rest period”). Secondly, it gave the adults a chance to use the pool, which they pay for, to relax for a few minutes.

Now that we have lost our time at the pool, we are the ones feeling discriminated against.

Angie Curley

New Market

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And what about people who want to exercise their religious freedoms and use the pool for baptism...Oh never mind!


Good point.


I don't understand why people take the time to write a letter to the editor for things like this. It's a private issue with your HOA. There is nothing the FNP can do for you. Take it up with them. Gather signatures in your neighborhood and file a petition.


Dude, calm down. This is a community newspaper and voicing this kind of citizen concern fits in perfectly with FNP's commitment to Frederick. If letters of this sort offend your sense of journalistic gravitas, perhaps you need to stick with the WaPo, WSJ and/or the NY Times.


They keep cutting my post off. Just because it has some ADA legal advice.

Shame on you FNP [tongue_smile]


I ramble on about the ADA all the time and FNP never cuts me off.


There are afraid of you. You see I posted the same thing twice but there were about 2 paragraphs more below. Maybe the 3rd time is the charm.


Like anyone at FNP takes time to edit the comments as they go by.

Sounds more like...operator error.


Cities that receive federal funding to build runways at airports have a higher duty to make their pool facilities accessible than do private entities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


Easy as pie solution. The rights of access and inclusion of the physically and mentally disabled trump “most” needs of 16


What if they called it "special needs swim" - run that by the lawyers


Lawyers want $300 per hour.


I think it is the letter writers right to expect to continue to have adult swim. I suggest she threaten to sue!!


Sorry, Pro-se


Easy as pie solution. The rights of access and inclusion of the physically and mentally disabled trump “most” needs of 16


"Discrimination" may be the most bastardized word in the English language. Of course it's discrimination. People discriminate all the time in everything they do and with everyone they meet. You probably discriminated against ugly people when deciding who to date, or discriminated against boring killjoys when choosing friends. The real question is Are the REASONS for discriminating legitimate or not? Discriminating by age is fine in lots of areas: driving, voting, traveling unaccompanied and I see no reason pool can't set aside 15 minutes out of every hour for non-kids.


Would a judge allow discrimination there, try it,if I lived there I would get the ones who wanted , take it to court along as I paid dues.a real winner too.ruin fun for a few??


This sounds pretty outrageous. I have been a pool rat my whole life and now my daughter is on swim team. There has always been adult swim. Like you said, it's good for the kids and also good for the life guards to take a break. I don't know how or why the under 16 crowd and their surrogates were able to pull this off, but I can't imagine that a little adult group opposition wouldn't change their tune. Good luck.


Unfortunately, we are all victims of America's nortiously litigious society. When legal beagles counsel their clients to eliminate services for fear of being sued by 16 year olds, it may be time to follow Shakespeare's advice: "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."


Use Frederick pools or move to where use is ok.


Unfortunately the wants of the many outweigh the wants of the few in a civilized soceity reasonable accommodations would be made for those with disabilities.

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