Latest News from the Holyoke Canoe Club
June 30, 2021
Each Spring, we ask members to recommend the club to family and friends, and you sure have! We had more than 250 returning members and have now welcomed more than 70 new members to the club. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this effort. In order to maintain the safety and comfort of members, we have decided to not approve any additional memberships after Sunday, July 4th.
Please remember, no food or drinks are allowed in either pool area at any time. This rule must be followed in order for us to be in compliance with the Board of Health.
Children under 12 must be accompanied in the pool area at all times.
Anyone interested in being on the "Racquet Sports" email list should contact Ben Thompson at email@example.com. The committee has some great events planned.
We have several social events in the works over the next few weeks from ice cream socials and movie nights to a pancake breakfast and Sunday morning Bloody Mary's (adults only). We will be sending more information and dates along soon. If you would be willing to help with any of these events, please be in touch, we could always use a few extra hands.
We have a solid team of lifeguards, grounds and gate staff keeping the club running this season, most of whom are members of the club. Along with the club Steward, Adam, they are doing a great job. The staff are managing well with the increased number of members on the property and we appreciate your patience as we adjust the scheduling to cover all areas of the club. Please feel free to seek them out if you have any questions or need assistance.
As always, if you have ideas or talents to share, we would love to hear from you.
June 17, 2021
I am pleased to say we just got final approval from the Board of Health to open this weekend. Please see below for times and additional details. Thank you to everyone who pulled together to make this happen.
Beginning Friday, June 18, the restrooms in the pool house will be open from 8.00am - 8.00pm daily. Please help us maintain these spaces and keep them clean. In case of inclement weather, bathrooms may be closed earlier when staff leave the club.
Signing into the club
Beginning this weekend, you will see staff at the front gate of the club during most of the day. When staff are present, we ask you to stop and give your name so we can check memberships. After you park your car, please go to the kiosk by the main house and sign in. Any guests must also be signed in and paid for at this time. Guests may not be on the property without the member present. Please refer to your membership agreement or the website for further rules regarding guests.
The guest fee is $5 per person and may be paid by cash, check or paypal (link on the website).
Parking lot and driveway
Please note there will be a significant increase in children present at the club in the coming days. Drive slowly and carefully when entering and exiting the club. We also ask you to be good neighbors by driving slowly down Old Ferry Road as you come and go from the property.
Main House Bathrooms and Recreation Room
We will be opening the Main House this season. Beginning next week, ground floor bathrooms will be available daily from 8.00am - 8.00pm and the recreation room will be available for storage.
Items left in the recreation room need to be labeled with the member name and placed along the wall. No gas tanks may be brought inside the building.
Please note the upstairs areas of the building are closed at this time.
We have had a generous member donate a ping pong table which we plan to set up in the recreation room in the next few weeks.
More notes to come. Please note, you must pay your full balance before using the club. If you are not sure if you have paid, please be in contact with us before arriving to the club. Thank you to everyone who has pitched in this week to get the club ready.
Here's to a great summer!
June 13, 2021
We wanted to give you some updates on the progress that has been made at the club in the last couple of weeks. Several projects have been completed, bringing us closer to being fully operational.
Roof on the Main House has been replaced.
Parking lot has been regraded and pot holes filled.
Swimming pools cleaned, treated for rust and painted. They are currently being filled.
Multiple docks repaired and rebuilt, new floats attached. Docks are installed.
Men's locker room cleared, cleaned, painted walls and floors, all new fixtures currently being installed.
New storage area built in men's locker room.
Staff hired and trained.
New gardens planted and mulched.
Vending machines have been filled and the first floor of the Main House will be opened soon.
Reviewed applications, voted on and welcomed 50 new members (so far).
This week we will complete the pool set up and prepare for the inspection by the Board of Health.
A tree service has been contracted to perform some necessary maintenance on our beautiful old trees. They will be on site Wednesday through Friday during the day. Please note the work is expected to be very noisy as they cut and chip wood from several large branches.
None of this work would have been possible without the work of many teams of member volunteers. Thank you to everyone who has dedicated time and energy to getting us open, running and improved. We have been delighted to see many new faces among those ranks. The Board members who have managed each of these projects have gone above and beyond their normal duties to complete the projects and their time is greatly appreciated.
Special thanks go to members Brian Deschaine and Andy Lajoie who put in huge amounts of time and talent to update the men's locker room.
June 8, 2021
The pool schedule for the 2021 season is now posted on this website on the Swimming page.
Adult Lap Swim will be offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11 am to 12 noon, and Sundays 10 to 11 am.
The toddler pool will be available 8.00am - 8.00pm daily.
We would like to provide swimming lessons on Saturday morning between 9.00 and 11.00. The exact times will be dependent on interest, ages and skill levels of the swimmers. The session will run 5 weeks and cost $40 per swimmer.
Please email Sara by Friday, June 11 if you are interested in registering your child. Include child's name, age and whether or not they have any swim experience.
June 7, 2021
Thanks to the hard work of volunteers who responded to our request for assistance, a great deal of pool work has taken place in recent weeks. We have drained, cleaned, scrubbed, and managed rust that emerged on the pool at the end of last season. (For the benefit of new members, the pool is made from the steel of a ship). Due to production and shipping challenges caused by COVID, the pool-specific blue paint that we ordered was seriously delayed and threatened our ability to open the pool on time. After significant legwork, we tracked down enough pool-specific paint to get the critical areas managed. Unfortunately, the paint is a beige color and, given the limited amount available, it is applied in a patchwork fashion. While not our choice, using this paint allows us to get the pool open on time for the beginning of summer! Our goal, weather depending, is to be open for the weekend of June 19. We will keep you updated on our progress as the drying process is completed this week.
With a few exceptions (that do not impact the Canoe Club), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has removed all COVID restrictions and the Canoe Club is pleased to relax the regulations we had to enforce last summer. It may take a few weeks to see how the patterns of using the club have changed and for us to adjust staffing accordingly. We ask for your patience as we work to provide the safest and best pool atmosphere possible. Also, please be patient and considerate of staff and fellow club members, who may have different expectations as it pertains to COVID precautions. For the safety of all members, please attempt to maintain 6’ of social distance from those who are not in your party. As a reminder, no child under the age of 12 is vaccinated yet.
The Holyoke Canoe Club is following state COVID guidelines for operating in 2021.