I really enjoy raising my kids in our beautiful city of Fort Collins, but we are seriously lacking in some areas. One area I’d like to shine some light on lives on Mulberry Street.
Some of you may know how crazy and intense it can be when signing kids up for classes through the Recreator. It’s so intense that my blogging predecessor Christi wrote two separate blog posts all about how to get the class you want for your child. I’ve been wanting to do swim lessons for my son Aaron for a while. He’s 16 months now and this is the first time we’ve put him in a swim lesson through the city. I’m not impressed.
What’s up with Mulberry Pool?
At first glance, it looks fun right? It’s not that great people.
Don’t get me wrong, if there are any “great” things about the pool I’d have to put our instructor in that category. She’s nice and attentive and runs through the structure of teaching our little kiddos pretty well.
What I’m complaining about is the facility itself. We walked into Mulberry Pool to find the bathrooms/changing rooms temporarily switched. The women are in the men’s room and the men are in the women’s room. Why you ask? For some temporary maintenance which began nearly a month ago on August 30.
As we walked through the changing rooms we notice that the showers aren’t separated by much; Just half of a concrete wall sits between the changing area and the washing area which doesn’t contain any noise or provide privacy.
After getting situated for swim class, we found our way to the pool to find that the hot tub is shut down due to a leak. We weren’t there to use it, but still…what’s up with the maintenance? (FYI: Prior to publishing I called the pool and the hot tub is now working!)
Swimming lessons were okay, but by minute 20 my son was shivering despite my efforts to keep him tight against me in hopes of body heat and keeping both him and I moving. Eventually he became like Frankenstein, stiff arms and legs, and was ready to go because he was so cold.
We left our class just a tad bit early which worked out in our favor because there weren’t enough showers for each kiddo to get nice and warm in once classes were done. People were lined up to shower their child.
Upon reviewing the 2014 City of Fort Collins budget I didn’t see anything that pertains to Mulberry Pool, but I do have a few suggestions.
- Heated Pool- Epic is a warm water pool and it would be nice if Mulberry Pool could be made into one in the future. This is probably a long shot, but hey…it’s worth mentioning!
- Better Maintenance- The hot tub at the pool has been down for over 2 weeks. The changing rooms have been under maintenance for about a month.
- Better Communication- I watched many people walk into the facility confused at the changing room situation. There are signs on the doors, but perhaps something more obvious when you first walk in the door and also an end date to the maintenance would be informative as well.
- Let the kids go down the slide once after class. The children do a great job in class. They try, they learn, they swim. They aren’t allowed to touch the main attraction and it would be fun to see them be rewarded with a trip down the little blue water slide.
- There are many other small suggestions I have… a trashcan near the swimming suit dryer, plastic bags for wet suits, working toilets in the bathroom, more showers…
- A big suggestion is an entire renovation.
I maybe going overboard…it’s just swimming for our children right? But then I think…hey, it’s swimming and our children. Our children being the key term here. Fort Collins is a great place to raise our kids because of the arts and education and outdoors, but what about our city facilities? We could be as concerned with our children’s facilities as much as we do on other “buildings” that bring in revenue.
I’d love to hear from you or the City on this topic. Perhaps I’m being too tough. But as a mom who wants her child to learn to swim at a reasonable cost and one who grew up practically living at the Buehler YMCA in Palatine, Illinois, I have standards to live by and Mulberry isn’t quite cutting it.