Be Sure You Have Your Wheatlands Key to Summer-Time Fun!
If you haven’t yet picked up your Pool Fob to enjoy the Fabulous Wheatlands Metro Clubhouse and Pool you will need to fill out the Card Request Form. Once you have completed your form, you can pick up your Pool Key Fob at the District Management office for the YMCA (located at the YMCA Youth Center at Southlands) or it can be mailed to your home.
The District Management office at Southlands is open year round so you can stop by to pick up your pool fob at your convenience.
Residents with Key Fobs can access the pool each season by registering online. Registration opens in the spring of each year and is communicated in the newsletter and on this site.
It’s important to know that should your Pool Key Fob be lost or stolen, there is a small fee to replace your Pool Key Fob.
2020 Pool Information
We ask that you maintain social distancing and continue to follow the practices we set in place this summer. You will need to bring your activated pool fob and COVID Waiver when visiting the pool.
- Pool capacity is based on Tri County Healths’ regulations. Under the stay at home order only 50 people are allowed at the pool at one time. With the Arapahoe County variance we are able to allow 50% capacity which is 75 people. This capacity is subject to change throughout the pool season based on the county health ordinance.
- The pool deck will be divided into 10 sections each located 6 feet apart from each other. During Safer at Home: 50 people are allowed on the pool deck; only 25 people are allowed in the deeper pool at a time and 16 people in the zero depth entry pool. We acknowledge this will be a challenge to share the pool and appreciate your neighborly attitude and looking out for each other as we comply with the health department’s guidelines.
- Due to the limits on attendance we will have a no guest policy so you must be a resident of Wheatlands to enjoy the pool. In addition, we will not have summer camps or swim team at the pool this year.
Entering The Pool
- All residents who enter the pool will need to bring their activated pool fob and a copy of the completed COVID19 waiver. An electronic copy of the waiver is great and allows for contact less confirmation, just bring your phone up and show the lifeguards your email.
- To speed up the entry into the pool, please complete the COVID-19 Pool Waiver online located here . After you complete the waiver, you will receive a confirmation email that shows it was completed. Keep this email as you will be asked to present the email to the lifeguards at check in every time you use the pool this summer.
- To activate your Pool Fob complete the 2020 pool registration form and follow the instructions provided here.
- Please follow the lifeguards instruction and maintain social distance as you wait to enter the pool.
- We ask that you enter by the gate located near the playground on the west side.
What to Bring
- Please bring your own chairs and towels to the pool.
- We will not be offering umbrellas during open swimming at the pools. Large unexpected wind gusts can easily topple them. We have many spaces with shade however we have some that don’t have shade. If you would like to bring a hand held umbrella you are more than welcome to, but we will not have our umbrellas out for use.
- Pool toys and floats are allowed, however it is recommended by the health department that they are not shared.
- Food and drink are welcome and please dispose of your trash in the provided trash cans. The snack shack will be closed.
- We will have marked each section of the pool deck and ask that your family maintain physical distance from others at the pool. It is your responsibility to ensure you stay 6 feet away both in the pool and outside the pool. The lifeguards are responsible for the aquatic safety of our residents and to prevent drowning. Please help them and follow the rules so we can have an enjoyable and safe summer at the pool.
- We will have set traffic patterns for entering and exiting the pool deck.
- The restrooms will be open however the lockers will remain closed.
Exiting the Pool
- We ask when your time is up at the pool you gather your belongings and leave quickly to allow cleaning to take place and the lifeguards to begin to check in for the next group of residents.
- Anything you bring with you needs to be taken with you when you leave. Aside from valuables, all left items will be discarded at the end of each time slot.
- Exit through the east side by the Buffalo and Wheatlands parkway
- Please join us in welcoming Hannah Krafels who is our Aquatic Coordinator from the YMCA who will help us maintain and manage the pool this summer. Thank you Hannah! If you have any questions or comments regarding the lifeguard staff or the pool management please reach out to Hannah. She is here to help and you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The lifeguards are here for you! They want to ensure we have a safe and fun swim environment. Please have patience as these procedures are new to the lifeguards and they are doing their best to serve our community.
Thank you for being great neighbors and helping us make the pool a fun and safe place this summer!
IMPORTANT POOL FORMS
To Access the Pool this Season you need to complete both the COVID-19 Liability Waiver and the 2020 Pool Registration Form:
The feels like temperature outside must be 60 degrees or higher for our pool to open. If lightning or inclement weather is spotted the pool will close for safety and reopen when the weather has passed. The pool and pool deck will be cleared when either of the following is occurring:
- Cloud to ground lightning is observed and less than 30 seconds pass from seeing the lightning and hearing the thunder from the flash.
- In cloud lightning is occurring directly overhead.
Storms do not have to be severe to contain large numbers of cloud to ground flashes in order to be considered dangerous. The pool can be considered safe to re-occupy 30 minutes after the last lightening is seen.
Notes from our Lifeguards about the weather policy:
• We use the weather Bug app for all weather information. We specifically use Legacy stadium at Cherokee Trail as our closest station.
• We will stay open if it is just raining if we can see the bottom of the pool.
• We close when lightening is 10 miles away from us. Again we use Legacy stadium as a point of reference as they have a lightening system on the field.
• If the weather looks bad to the point we will not reopen within an hour, we put all staff on call. This means when it is safe to open we can call the staff back to reopen and let everyone in. This also means at least two guards must be on site to open due to CPR protocol.
In order for children to swim in the lap pool without an adult they are required to pass a swim safety test. The test consists of 2 parts:
- Tread water for one minute
- Swim the length of the pool
Once the child passes the swim test their name will be added to a list at the lifeguard stand and they will be given a wrist band to swim in the pool. They only need to pass the test once per summer; the next time you go to the pool just check in at the lifeguard stand to get your wristband.
Safety Breaks – Due to the limited schedule this year no safety breaks will be needed while open swim or while lap swim is occurring.
For the safety of our swimmers, we have regular safety breaks scheduled at the pool. The breaks occur 15 minutes before the hour beginning at 11:45. Adults are allowed to swim in the lap pool during these safety breaks. Children must remain out of the pool until the safety break is over.
We welcome pool floats and toys at the pool however we ask that if the pool gets overly crowded, please remove large flotation devices. We need the guards to be able to see all the levels of the water: bottom, middle and top. These devices can obstruct the view of these areas of the water. Please keep mermaid tales or mono-fin toys at home. These are not safe as children cannot recover to stand while wearing these. The Lifeguards ask that you please use Puddle Jumpers instead of water wings. Puddle Jumpers are US Coast Guard approved lifejackets for young children and have the chest support as well as the arm support. Water Wings are a toy and do not assist the child’s body to stay afloat.
Pool Rental Agreement – Due to COVID-19 we are currently not accepting pool rentals
Want to have a summer gathering at the pool? Residents of Wheatlands can rent the pool for their summer get togethers. Please note that the pool needs to be reserved 14 days prior to the event and rental fees are due 7 days prior. Download the Wheatlands Pool Rental Application to view all the details.
Swim Lessons – Due to COVID- 19, currently swim lessons are not being offered.
The YMCA offers group swim lessons and private swim lessons at our pool for Wheatlands Residents. To sign up for summer swim lessons click here.
Wheatlands Sharks Swim Team – CANCELLED FOR THE 2020 Season
The Wheatlands Sharks Swim Team is open to all swimmers in the Wheatlands Community. To find out more about the swim team and how to join, visit their website here. Go Sharks!