March 6, 2015
Thanks to support from the Johnson community and a loan from the Vermont State Colleges, Johnson State College’s six-lane, 25-yard swimming pool will reopen on Monday, March 16. A reopening celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, with free access to the pool and other facilities in the SHAPE Athletics & Fitness Center. The public is invited.
A $265,000 long-term loan from the VSC’s Green Revolving Fund allowed JSC to install a new, energy-efficient dehumidification and heating system that will reduce annual operating expenses. The pool had been closed since November 2014 due to continuous failure of the previous unit.
“An outpouring of feedback from the local and campus community confirmed the importance of the pool as an educational, recreational and therapeutic resource for area schools and nearby residents as well as the JSC community,” noted JSC President Barbara E. Murphy. “The ability to secure this loan to continue the pool’s operation has been greeted with great excitement and relief.”
In addition to the free day on March 21, rates for the SHAPE pool and other classes and facilities will remain the same for the rest of the school year. Memberships are available for one-, three-, six- and 12-month plans, with discounts for JSC alumni, seniors age 60-plus and children under 16.
One-year memberships are $400 for adults, $550 for families (two adults and two children, plus $30 per additional child) and $325 for alumni, seniors and children. Johnson residents receive a $50 discount on one-year memberships.
A 10-pass card is $50 for adults and $35 for alumni, seniors and children; a one-day pass is $10 for adults and $8 for alumni, seniors and children.
Starting March 16, pool hours will be:
Monday through Friday, 8 to 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.
In addition to open swim hours, two pool programs will be offered for the rest of the spring semester:
“Water Aerobics,” Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m., with the first class Tuesday, March 24.
“Fitness Swim,” 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, with the first class Thursday, March 26.
Membership forms are available at SHAPE’s front desk and online.