3/30 to 4/5 Notable Events

ATMA Yoga at the pool starts Saturday 3/30 from 9-10 AM (weather permitting—if it’s raining the class will be cancelled). Bring your own yoga mat. See below for pricing. Note: No Yoga on Sunday 3/31 due to Easter holiday.

A Full Week of Spring Swim Clinics (Sat/Sun/M/Tu/W/Th)

We Have Extended Family Pool Hours M-F for Spring Break Week (open to ALL AGES from 11 AM to 8 PM)

The Newsletter for Park Pool: First Week of April!

OPP is busy!  You've been getting bombarded by updates and announcements about swim team, yoga, pool hours, lap swimming, and updates to the pool.  That's a lot to digest!  To help you sort things out--and provide a few extra updates--please read this week's newsletter in full.  You wouldn't want to miss out.

Special Open Swim Hours for This Upcoming Week

With many families out of school for spring break, the pool has worked it out with the lifeguards to ensure that families can head off to OPP a little earlier next week.  For just one week, in addition to having our normal lap swimming from 6 to 8 AM and 11 to 1 PM for those 12 and up, members of all ages can enjoy the pool starting at 11 AM until close (Mon-Fri).  Please be sure to be mindful of lap swimmers if you do come early.

ATMA Is Back

Starting this Saturday (weather permitting), ATMA Yoga classes will be held from 9:00-10:00 AM on most Weekends.  Please review the OPP calendar for up-to-date days that classes will be offered.  Holidays, weather, and swim meets impact availability.  For example, Saturday might be cancelled because of the rain, and there is no yoga this Sunday because of Easter.

Drop in for Yoga is $12 and should be paid on site.  You also have the option to purchase unlimited sessions for the year for $250--with this option including additional unlimited access to Atma's studio for June/July.

Coaches' Corner

Swim team activities pick up this week, with spring swim clinics running all week. Be sure to check one out if you're new to the pool and considering swim team.

Weekend Start Times:

@11 AM for 9+,

@12 PM for 8/under)

Monday-Thursday Start Times:

@4:30 for 8/under

@5:15 for 9+

Also, swim team registration is now open.  This is for both Ministingers (those just learning to swim) and for the big show, the OPP Stingrays.  Get your kiddos signed up now!

Practices will be M-F to start the season, and the practice times are as follows for the preseason from April 22nd to May 30th:

6 and under: 4:00-4:25 PM

7/8: 4:25-5:00 PM

9-11: 5:00-5:45 PM

12+: 5:45-6:45 PM

NOTE: We're finalizing summer swim team hours and Ministinger session slots right now.  We will post something soon about these items.

Questions About Registration? Contact Eldad at manager@orindaparkpool.org

Let's Discuss Lap Swimming

Many of you have probably started, or been interested in, swimming laps since the pool has reopened.  Some of you have probably gotten right back into the swing of things, but we also know that several others have run into confusion over lanes and reservations.  We're here to try to help clear up that confusion today.  So let's cover the basics:

1. Lap reservations can be made through the signupgenius link here. Reservations are for 1-hour slots.

2. Lanes 2-6 are usually able to be reserved throughout the open pool hours of the day.  BUT, they are not available when the swim team is practicing, or if there is a swim team/pool event. 

3. Only those age 16+ can swim in these lap lanes during adult only swim hours. 

4. Lane 6 is also usually open to be reserved online during swim team practices. However, you cannot reserve lane 6 during swim events like meets or parties.

5. Each of the lanes has TWO open slots that can be reserved at a given time, with swimmers encouraged to discuss with their partner how they would like to approach lap turns if two people do end up reserving slots for the lane.

6. When the swim team is NOT practicing, lanes 0 and 1 are open for drop-in lap swimming.  These lanes are always first come, first serve during their available hours.

7. Members can only book TWO reservations per household at a time.  Once their reserved slots have been used, they will have the ability to make 2 reservations again.  Lanes can be reserved up to 5 days in advance.

8. There is NO DIVING IN THE SHALLOW END of the pool.  There is also NO DIVING OFF OF THE BLOCKS.

Spring Schedule (3/25 to 5/5)

(Please Reference the Calendar on the OPP Website for the Swim Team Schedule)

Gear Up Stingrays!

Who is looking for new swim gear?  Want to be fashionable in that Speedo or parka?  Check out the selection of brand new OPP gear available this year through Elsmore's website, with designs and embroidery made specifically for OPP.  This company is not sending the pool any proceeds, so please only feel compelled to purchase these items if you're interested--but let's be honest, this gear looks good and it's fun to show off our Stingray pride!

Getting to Know Your Park Coaches and Board

In this week's newsletter, we meet a person that we'll all like to get to know better--Chef Dave!  He brought you our wonderful opening day breakfast, and he has big plans to help keep us fed throughout the summer.

As a Bay Area native, lifer in the East Bay, culinary entrepreneur, and social butterfly, you've likely already had a chance to meet Chef Dave at some point.  If you haven't, now's your chance to meet the man behind the meals this year.

Q: Where were you born and raised?

A: San Pablo

Q: How long have you been in the food industry?

A: My first restaurant job was working at Long Beach Pizza and Pasta when I was 15 years old.  My first big job was when I was the Civilian Chef for the Navy Commissioned Officers Club in Long Beach. I have owned 3 different cafes over the years and have been catering for 23 years now (All Occasions Catering).

Q: What are some of your favorite places that you’ve worked at over the years?

A: I loved working at the Walnut Creek Railroad Station, Mastersons, the Commissioned Officers Club, at my cafe--Paradise City Cafe, and at Vintage House in Orinda.

Q: How many years have you worked as the chef at OPP—and what years did you work there?

A: I worked at OPP for 3 years, with my first year being in 2015.

Q: Do you have any hobbies/interests now or when growing up that you’d be willing to share with us?

A: I liked--and still like--racing radio controlled off road cars (since 1983).  I also really like fishing.

Q: When did you start to think that the food industry would be something you would be interested in doing?

A: 1974

Q: Assuming you probably work at other places outside of OPP, where else do you work during the non-swim season these days?

A: Catering and restaurant consulting.  I've helped start 4 different places now.

Q: What do you do in your free time these days?

A: My Hobbies: Fishing and R.C. Racing.  I even won a National Championship and have owned 2 different race tracks.

Q: Do you have any final things that you’d like to say to all of the readers?

A: I am here to cook the freshest food possible, and I definitely take suggestions for menu ideas!

If you have any questions or comments for us, please reach out to us at news@orindaparkpool.org.