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RHJ Pool set to reopen Aug. 28

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RHJ Pool set to reopen Aug. 28

Grand Opening slated Sept. 16

The new R.H. Johnson Pool will reopen on Aug. 28, and a grand opening celebration will be held a few weeks later.

The opening has been eagerly awaited since the pool, which is more than 35 years old and was increasingly in need of repairs, closed on Jan. 3 to accommodate the large-scale project, which not only included the aquatics facility, but also the entrance lobby and a new centralized check-in desk. Swimmers and water walkers will now enjoy eight 25-meter swimming lanes; shaded umbrellas over parts of the pool; a zero-entry section; small splash pad; an enlarged spa; and a large middle section for swimming that can also be used for water volleyball. The water walking area has been expanded and includes two water features.

The $4.1 million project also includes a new great lawn near the bocce courts (close to the pool but separated by a fence) with stepped up access to the upper section of R.H. Johnson where the Member Services Office and various chartered clubs reside. This will provide new access from top to bottom. The great lawn, with an attached, elevated performance stage, will provide a new venue for residents. A picnic area also is included in this space.

The remodeled pool opens at 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28, for swimming, water walking and other regular activities. Regular pool hours and fitness center hours will be 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The new Buzz Coffee/Snack bar will be open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parts of the pool will be closed during some scheduled activities: 6-7:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, lap and water walking; 7:45-8:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Deep Water Exercise; and 9-10 a.m. Monday-Friday, Water Exercise.

Children’s Swim Hours will return to R.H. Johnson from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. seven days a week.

Water volleyball will be available from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For those who aren’t back to town yet, no worries. The official grand opening will begin with a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. Several activities are being planned between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Some of the offerings include water class demonstrations, volleyball, a photo booth, food for purchase and a concert featuring the Southwest Surfers (a Beach Boys tribute). Check out scwaz.com in the coming weeks, and September’s Rec Center News for more details.

  1. Judy Lauletta says:

    I am so happy to see this

  2. Wonderful update – thank you! Looking forward to seeing the beautiful finished project!

  3. Trish Rowr says:

    Just a question , maybe I missed it, but are there any lap lanes?

  4. Multimedia says:

    Hello Trish, yes there are lap lanes in the RHJ pool. The flyover rendering video shows a few and you can see that here. The rest of the large rectangular area can easily be converted to lap lanes by adding additional ropes.

  5. It’s beautiful can’t wait to enjoy!

  6. Michael Lawrosky says:

    It will be great to have to only check in at one spot.. The work looks very nice. I think this will be a wonderful addition to the community.

  7. Mary mcGrath says:

    Excellent job and we are sure it will be worth the wait. Mary

  8. mike welch says:

    I counted 8.

  9. Bravo to the Rec Center and planners. It will be a wonderful and beautiful pool for Sun City West residents and guests.

  10. Karen Rayman says:

    Will there be an area where noodles can be used?

  11. Barbara Colwell says:

    Will there be “wet” wheelchairs available? I can’t tell you how valuable this is for some people.

  12. Multimedia says:

    Hello Barbara, while they may not be available immediately upon the pool opening, there are plans to have ‘wet’ wheelchairs at the RHJ pool.

  13. Multimedia says:

    Hi Karen, yes there will be noodle lanes.

  14. What is the purpose of the kidney shaped island?

  15. Multimedia says:

    The ‘island’ will contain a water feature and one side is a bench to sit on, but mainly it serves to define the water-walking area, which is spherical. Thanks for asking!

  16. I saw starter blocks at one end of the pool…will they be there permanently or only put up when there is a swim meet? I am thinking that may be a safety problem. I sure hope this doesn’t happen, but what about children climbing up on the water fountains to dive into the water. Kids get the darndest ideas sometimes. Will signs be put up re things like that? Wouldn’t want to see anyone get hurt.
    The pool looks great! We will be out of state the week before it opens the 28th, look forward to getting over there when we get back.

  17. Some residents must complain constantly in order to feel useful, important and knowledgeable, when they accomplish absolute zip, except to irk many others. LOL. Be proud of the job you do and for putting up with all the unpleasantness thrown your way.

  18. Multimedia says:

    Hello Barb, according to Facilities Supervisor David Bennett, discussion continues on whether or not the starters blocks will stay in place. He tells us that at this stage, we believe we will try leaving them in. If problems arise, we have the option of removing them. Regarding overall safety, this sort of pool complex will be new to all of us, but we will do our best to make sure it’s a safe place for all.

  19. Great job. How wonderful and new and refreshing it will be.
    Proud to be a member and look forward to seeing it in person.

  20. Sandy Vanmeulebrouck says:

    The photos are great! We’re out of town for the summer,but will come down for an extended weekend just to celebrate our new addition. Thanks for the super job of keeping S.C.W. a premier senior community. YOU ARE APPRECIATED!

  21. steve pier says:

    I’m glad to see there’s a diving board.

  22. Multimedia says:

    There is not a diving board Steve. After much feedback from residents via public forums and elsewhere, the diving board was removed from the original plans.

  23. Bill Tennant says:

    During closure of Johnson Pool, many of us used other facilities in Sun City West. Many of us went to The Kuentz Pool….where Johnson’s (users) were graciously accepted. For that, we all thank you….I’m sure.

  24. Looks great..can’t wait to enjoy

  25. Linda Hall says:

    Thank you for the good kids hours!

  26. DIANE PAUTZ says:

    UNLESS YOU PLAN TO USE THIS POOL FOR THE MASTER’S SWIM PROGRAM PRACTICE, WHICH WOULD REQUIRE IT TO BE CLOSED TO OTHER SWIMMERS SO THEY COULD WORKOUT, THERE IS NO NEED FOR THE STARTING BLOCKS TO BE IN PLACE. IT WILL BECOME A PROBLEM KEEPING THE KIDS OFF DURING THEIR VISITING HOURS. THE STARTING BLOCKS ARE NOT A TOY BUT AN INSURANCE LIABILITY HAZARD. A DIVING BOARD WOULD BE LESS HAZARDOUS THAN THE STARTING BLOCKS TO THE KIDS. I SEE THESE AS AN ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN. BETTER CHECK YOUR LIABILITY INSURANCE POLICY. BEAUTIFUL JOB ON THE POOL. SEE WHAT THE MASTER’S SWIM COACHES THINK ABOUT THIS ISSUE. AS A PRIOR SWIM COACH THAT HAS BEEN AROUND POOLS ALL HER LIFE I’M JUST SAYING.

  27. Multimedia says:

    Hello Diane. The starting blocks will stay in place – our Masters swimmers will be using this pool. Covers are being ordered for the blocks so that they will be safely inaccessible to casual swimmers and visiting children. Thanks for writing and thanks for bringing this up.

  28. The Masters need the blocks. How else are they supposed to train & practice? Personally, having worked pools forever, I don’t want to pay a trained person to erect and remove the blocks daily for the sake of unsupervised kiddies. Meanwhile, could we PLEASE not use “ALL CAPS” when writing on this forum, unless we mean it for emphasis? IT LOOKS LIKE THE WRITER IS SHOUTING AT ME!!!!

  29. This is an adult community. I resent the “kid hours” at the pool. Take the kids to other community pools. Peoria has a lovely pool. How much do they pay for membership so they are allowed in the pool?

  30. Hi Diane. The children’s swim hours are designed for our many members who want to enjoy the amenities with their visiting children and grandchildren. They are very popular. We limit them to ensure there are always times that are “kid-free” so you can enjoy the pools without children if that is your wish. Additionally, Kuentz never has children’s hours for those who wish to enjoy the facilities with adults only. We believe the current mix of children’s hours adequately accommodate the needs of all of our residents. Thank you.

  31. Christine Bertin says:

    I would love to see the rec centers buy their decorative art from the various clubs. For example a very large outside clock by the metal club at the new RH pool would be wonderful. The work the residents of SCW do is incredible. The rec centers would have beautiful walls and promote the talent we have here at SCW

  32. Leslee Oaks says:

    I’m very sad about the feeling Diane has about kids hours. Our grandkids come 4 times a year and love to visit us here. I like a senior community that understands grandchildren are important in our lives and family involvement.
    Our grandkids love Happy Camp and I respect the ability of those in charge to recognize diversity and family

  33. As a snowbird whose grandchildren visit occasionally, I find it ridiculous that ‘Diane’ thinks that I should take the kids to another pool in another community where I will have to pay when we have 3 beautiful outdoor pools that I am already paying for. It’s 2 or 3 hours a day…come on!

  34. Dan & Lee V. says:

    Glad to see more folks speaking up about maintaining hours for children. The new pool is certainly another source of pride for our community. Some finishing touches will make it even better.
    One thing we and others noticed is the shaded elevated area presents a safety concern. The railings should be extended to the center with an opening to a step with hand rails in addition to the two narrow side ramps. Love the water features.

  35. This is a good suggestion, Christine. Thank you. We will consider this as we look at ways to brighten the pool’s surroundings.

  36. Hi Dan and Lee. Thank you for your comments. We are glad you like the water features. We are aware of the safety concerns some folks have about the elevated shaded areas. It was designed to provide seating opportunities as well as a better line of sight for those who choose to sit on the elevated area. We believe as people become accustomed to the set up, it will not be an issue, but we are watching it and will address it if it becomes an issue. Thank you.

  37. Where is the check in/entrance to the pool?

  38. Hi Charlene, there is one combined check-in/entrance to the pool and fitness area now. It is right inside the front door at the desk. Thanks for the question.

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