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The Politics Of Water Aerobics

Rankin Aquatic Center~~~The New Martinez Community Pool

It all started when a huge hole replaced the old Rankin Park Pool five blocks northwest from my Martinez home.  As the new Aquatic Center pool structures grew up from the earth I became more and more excited.  The finished product was more spectacular than I had envisioned and I couldn't wait for it to open. 

. My first visit was a delight, watching the children laughing and squealing as the big bucket dumped gallons of water on them.  I have never before in my life walked across a pool deck in a bathing suit so unaware of my own self, so much so that when the bucket got me I nearly shrieked like all the other kids. 

A few weeks later my neighbors began going to the new pool for water aerobics, so I joined them.  My first reaction was this can not be exercise; I was having too much fun!  Walking down there with neighbors in the late afternoon during the summer was a wonderful new experience.  And yes, it is exercise, as I realized the next morning getting out of bed. 

The pool season ended all too soon, and a few of us decided it should be open longer.  After a petition was signed by water aerobics people and lap swimmers and delivered to the City Council, a grass roots effort sprung up to support the new Aquatic Center. 

More about our advocacy group in the next blog.  Right now, I must get ready to pass out Rankin Aquatic Center flyers with Kathy Braun. See you around town!

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Donna Allen April 16, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I agree with Ann. Hopefully you and your crew will have energized so many people to attend the great water aerobics program that the will either have to offer more programs and longer hours or build a bigger pool! Hopefully the program will generate enough new money that we will be able to fund more lifeguard time. Go Cooki!
Jeannine Gendar April 17, 2012 at 04:21 AM
I'm really looking forward to Water Aerobics starting up again. May 1, right? Go Cooki!
mark April 17, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I'm hopeful too Cookie! Keep up the effort!
Doreen Bagno April 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I cant wait. I am looking forward to a longer season this year . Thank You Cooki .
mark simons April 25, 2012 at 03:21 AM
As a veteran of a gazillion swim meets in the OLD pool, I cannot emphasize how impressed with (and well spent tax dollars on..) the new pool...AND as someone who knows that my 80yr old arthritic mother LIVES for water exercises. I applaud this addition to the community and I hope it can expand its programme and hours

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