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Children’s swim hours at Palm Ridge modified

Children’s swim hours at Palm Ridge modified

Numerous requests were received from residents to give the adults a little extra swim time minus children at the Palm Ridge pool during the hot summer evenings.

We have honored this by modifying the children’s swim hours. They will be 4 to 7 p.m. beginning today (at Palm Ridge only). One factor that made this decision easy for us was that only 4 children have been brought to the pool during the 7 to 8 p.m. hour during the last month.

These newly modified hours will stay in place until the R.H. Johnson pool complex reopens. The children’s hours at Palm Ridge will then revert to normal, which is 5 to 8 p.m.

Children’s swim hours beginning July 12:

Palm Ridge (outdoor): 4 to 7 p.m.

Beardsley (indoor): 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.


POOL RULES: A friendly reminder…

Always shower before entering the water, especially after applying sunscreens or oils

DO NOT bring glass containers into the pool area (Alcohol of any kind is PROHIBITED)

DO NOT dive or jump into the water from pool deck……use diving boards only.

SAFETY FIRST: No standing or hanging on lane markers and ropes

NO running or horseplay in or around the pool area

Children under the age of 16 may not enter the spas

Children under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult at all times

Children must adhere to the posted swim times at the various pools

Children under the age of 4 will be permitted to use the pool provided:

– They are toilet trained

– Children’s swim diapers are permitted in pools as an added precaution for toilet trained children

– Children MUST be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult for the length of the swim period.

NO pool toys, beach balls, etc. are allowed in the pool at Beardsley.  Noodles & body boards are okay.

NO loud, boisterous talking or profanity will be tolerated.  Please be considerate of others.

Lap lanes are to be shared when swimming, and please remember to be courteous of other swimmers by staying to the right side of the lane.

  1. JIM MAYER says:


  2. Thank you for listening to the owner/members and making this small adjustment so that we seniors can enjoy some prime time swimming at the nicest swimming pool we have without worrying about yelling and splashing kids.

    I am amazed that in this age restricted community there are children’s swim hours for 8.5 hours a day, 7 days a week (even with this change). Do visiting grandkids really need that much access each day? This is after all a senior community and many of our residents do not want to be at the pool at the same time as children. One of the reasons they moved to this community was to have access to facilities that did not cater to children. I don’t have a problem with limited children’s hours, and have used the pools when my own grandchildren were visiting; but I certainly didn’t expect them to have some level of priority and to have the pools available all day and evening, every day.

    I hope you’ll consider keeping the new pool area at RH Johnson an adult only venue, and give senior residents the priority they deserve for providing the funds for this improvement. Surely the kids won’t need more than the 9.5 hours per day they will already get when the renovated facility opens and the additional hour at Palm Ridge is renewed.

  3. Barbara Holland says:

    Super! Thank you!

  4. Joy Roberts says:

    Thinking of moving to Sun City West.
    Could you tell me when the children’s swim hours will be at Beardsley and the indoor lap pool at Palm Ridge will be in Sept when you revert to normal hours? Thanks.

  5. Carole Spalding says:

    Beardsley Pool area is in much need of a facelift. It is very depressing, drab and dark.
    The walls need brighter colors. The furniture is drab looking and the plastic flowers need to go. Sky lights would be nice to brighten the pool and make it more enviting. Ventilation needs improvement. Carpeting is unsanitary in a pool area especially one with poor ventilation.
    I was embarrassed to bring my family there. Even the children would much rather be at Palm Ridge.

  6. 1000 thank yous

  7. Thank you for the modification of the pool hours at PR.

  8. Donna Reed says:

    I’ve always wondered why children aren’t allowed in the Kuntz pool? Shouldn’t we share the noise equally???

  9. Multimedia says:

    Hi Jim, the RHJ Pool will open on Aug. 28, with grand opening festivities on Sept. 16.

  10. RCSCW PR says:

    Hi Donna. Because we are an active-adult community, we do want to ensure at least one pool is reserved exclusively for adults. That’s why Kuentz does not have children’s hours.

  11. Multimedia says:

    Hello Joy, normal children’s swim hours are as follows: R.H. Johnson, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Beardsley, 3 to 6 p.m.; Palm Ridge, 5 to 8 p.m. Have a great day. These hours will be back in play after RHJ reopens.

  12. RCSCW PR says:

    Hi Jim. We understand your desire to have a child-free pool, and Kuentz is the designated pool for that here in Sun City West. Many of our residents enjoy having their visiting grandchildren be able to use the pools with them, and so we have designated children’s swim hours at each of our pools on a rotating basis. When RH Johnson reopens, it will share part of the rotation. There are many hours throughout the day at each of the pools when no children are allowed.

  13. RCSCW PR says:

    Hi Ms. Spalding. Thank you for your suggestions. We have shared them with our Recreation Activities Manager. We do have skylights over the pool. The carpet is indoor/outdoor rated. We agree the it is a tad drab and a good paint job with some color would be wonderful. We will try to work that into our time and budget. Thank you.

  14. Martha Ward says:

    I was going to write that I agreed totally with Jim in his comments of 7/12/17 — SCW is an adult community. I think one designated pool with child swim hours of 5p-8p is PLENTY of time for children. I think one designated pool with child swim hours of 5p-8p or less is PLENTY of time for children. If their grandparents want more pool time, there should be other water venues outside of the community for children to enjoy and not the pools in an adult community.

    Unfortunately with my severe arthritis, I cannot afford to be bumped/etc in a pool, and pool time really helps with my condition. I’m sure others in SCW have similar problems. Since it’s the over 55’s who paid for the amenities in this adult community, and continue to pay for these amenities, the over 55’s should always have priority over occasional guests.

  15. RCSCW PR says:

    Hi Martha. Thank you for your input. We understand your concern. We also have many residents who want us to have hours for their visiting grandchildren. We have compromised by offering some children’s hours, rotating at the various pools – but leaving Kuentz exclusively for adults. Right now, with RH Johnson closed, it may seem there are a lot of children’s hours at the remaining pools. When RHJ reopens, the children’s hours will return to normal: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at RH Johnson; 4-7 p.m. at Beardsley; and 5-8 p.m. at Palm Ridge. There is some cross over during that evening hour from 4 to 5 p.m. because one is an indoor pool and one is an outdoor pool. The indoor pools at Palm Ridge are always reserved for adults.

  16. Jackie Hall says:

    Who is responsible for enforcing children hours at the pools. I have been to Palm Ridge several occasions where Grandpsrents overextend their grandchildren hours & children are supervised from the sidelines with an occasional shout, which no one appreciates

  17. Multimedia says:

    Good morning Jackie, if children overstay the stated hours, the monitor on duty should enforce the policy. Let them know in cases where they may not have noticed. Thank you.

  18. Dan & Lee V. says:

    We understand the logic behind reducing the evening children’s hours at the Palm Ridge outdoor pool and thank the RCSCW for providing a fair schedule of hours for children. Unfortunately, from the initial responses to the change, it appears that some (we believe represent a small minority of our community) want to reduce further and even eliminate children from our pools. Complaints stating that too much time allowed are not seeing the whole picture. Per the Hours of Operation on the SCW website, the pools are open 15 hours a day. Allowing 3 hours for families with children means that those pools are available for adults 80% of each day(when all pools are operational). That does not include the adult pools at Kuentz and the two beautiful indoor pools at Palm Ridge; an additional 45 hours. So the 9 pool-hours hours for children represents a mere 10% of the total pool time and 90% available exclusively for adults! So for you folks who, for whatever reason, prefer not to be around children, you have more than ample choices. Another comment made was about who paid for the amenities in our community. Those of us who enjoy having the children at our pools, whether they be our family or others, pay the same annual fee as you. In addition, we pay a daily fee each and every day for every child (or adult guest) using any SCW facility they are allowed to use. Lastly, our over 55 community applies to residence and occupancy; not to guests, especially children.

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