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.