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Spring Into Action for Tamarack!Spring Into Action for Tamarack!       

4/21/2020

First and foremost, we hope that you and your family and friends are well and staying safe during this very challenging time. Our staff expresses regularly how much they miss and are concerned for our pool patrons.

As you may be aware, Tamarack Aquatic Wellness Center is supported by patron usage fees, grants, and the generous donations of supporters like you. We closed the pool on March 17, 2020, due to the COVID-19 virus threat to both our patrons and staff. This action, of course, suspended our revenue from patron usage.

To survive this challenge, we have made efforts to reduce energy costs by shutting off the heat to the pool, emptying the hot tub and shutting off the heat to the building. We have minimal staff on board who are checking water chemistry and mechanical systems, monitoring Facebook, phone messages, and our website, and completing bookkeeping functions. Our board of directors continues to meet virtually to explore options for a sustainable future.

We have applied for the federal Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Paycheck Protection Program to try to secure a loan for payroll costs, utilities, and lease payments. If awarded, the loan will be forgiven if it is spent on the specified uses. However, these funds are limited and in high demand, as you may imagine. We also continue to actively research and apply for grant opportunities.

Traditionally, we have a spring fundraising effort to help us continue to offer scholarships and keep the pool running smoothly. We have made strides to update equipment and run more efficiently. This year is the 40th Anniversary of the facility, which Easter Seals originally built as a school and pool for special needs students. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant features of the pool and our warmer water have made it a unique and much needed wellness facility for Lane County residents. This spring, it is even more important that we reach out for donation assistance.

To encourage more charitable giving in 2020, the recently enacted government stimulus bill (the "CARES Act") provides some additional tax relief for donors, making it easier to support nonprofit organizations in need and save at the same time.

We would greatly appreciate any financial assistance you are able and inclined to give to Tamarack Aquatic Wellness Center. Our hope and intention is to reopen as soon as the Governor allows us to do so, and we will take whatever measures necessary in our scheduling and operations to maintain a safe environment for our patrons and staff... but we need the support of our generous donors to make this possible.

There are two easy ways to give to Tamarack: you can mail in a donation or you can click on the big blue button on our homepage to donate online through PayPal.

Thank you for your consideration and please feel free to call if you have any questions.

I am not on site, but I am available on my personal cell phone at 541-914-0254.

Be well and be safe!

-- Christine Crutcher, Non-Profit Director




4/1/2020 -- An(other) COVID19 Update4/1/2020 -- An(other) COVID19 Update       

Dear pool patrons,

We miss you. There’s no two ways around it. We miss seeing the water full of our friends and neighbors, sharing in each other’s victories and motivating each other through life’s obstacles; each individual on their own path to wellness. We’d been crossing our fingers that we’d get to see you all again on April 1st, but with new ordinances in place indefinitely, we’ll just have to keep crossing our fingers until the danger has passed and the mandates on groups are lifted.

Fear not though, we’re keeping busy with very limited staff in the meantime by starting an HVAC cleaning project, deep spring cleaning and disinfecting throughout the facility, pressure washing the pool deck and patio, repairs to tiles in the locker rooms, and a cleanse of our mechanical storage area. When the ‘all-clear’ finally comes, we will be more than ready to welcome you all back!

Many of you have reached out inquiring about donations, and we want to thank you for thinking of us! Your donations have kept us afloat in hard times before, and are certainly welcomed now as we aim to support staff and keep the facility in ship-shape during this uncertain time. If you are interested in donating, please hit the big blue DONATE button on our home page. 

This is a snapshot from one of our AquaTone classes in February: a pool full to the brim with community is certainly what we miss the most. We are so looking forward to the day we get to pull off the pool blankets again and get back to working hard on wellness with you, no matter how far away it may seem from now.




In regards to COVID-19:In regards to COVID-19:       

3/16/2020

To our valued friends and patrons: 

Per the guidelines issued March 16, 2020 advising against the grouping of more than 10 people for the next fifteen days: we have made the heartbreaking decision to suspend all pool programs until April 1, 2020. We are sincerely hoping to reduce the spread by as much as humanly possible, and agree that this guideline is for the greater good. 

As we closed out today, staff made a point to double up on the usual sanitizing methods to ensure a completely fresh opening as soon as that becomes communally safe. 

We promise to update you all as soon as we know more. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves and each other: kindness has not been cancelled. 

Yours, Tamarack Aquatic Center Management.




Learn to Swim! Spaces AvailableLearn to Swim! Spaces Available       

Register now for our Swim Lessons: 30 minutes of 1-1 instruction available between 2-5 pm Monday through Thursdays.   Parents with babies months and older can participate in "Baby + Me" swim lessons on Wednesday. Plus we also offer group lessons with a maximum of four children per group on Monday evenings between 5:50-6:20pm.

See all our Swim Lesson options on our swimming lessons page.




Use Amazon? Support Tamarack Pool!Use Amazon? Support Tamarack Pool!       

If you are already using Amazon.com - you can now support Tamarack Pool with your purchases.

Use this link ~

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-1247394

to take you to Amazon Smile for our 501(c)(3) non-profit: Tamarack Wellness Center.