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High dive removed from aquatic center

Original post made on Jun 22, 2009

Anyone looking to cool off by taking a dip at the city's Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center may notice some changes to the pool this summer season.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 22, 2009, 7:20 AM

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Posted by Timothy T
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 22, 2009 at 9:09 am

This is definitely a bummer, now there's not much reason for the more adventurous to even go to this pool. A neighbor's pool or any of the other facilities that are local will do just fine (and they usually have longer hours).


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Posted by Me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2009 at 9:10 am

Save the high dive


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 22, 2009 at 9:12 am

I think the Unions have given the high dive' too much latatude or was it altitute? -- We need to do away with high dive unions, they are the root of all evils.


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Posted by A former Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 22, 2009 at 9:15 am

Pleasanton has slowly taken all the charm and coolness out of the activities it offers..... How awesome was the cruising and then wanderring downtown for the Good Guys wshow. I know that more than one of you had a drink at the PUB....Wasn't it great to have Firworks in our town on the Fourth of July, and now a Nifty Diving board is too risky! There were so many special things about PLeasanton... but now due to insurance and I don;t know what else... they are slowly taking it all away and replacing it with expensive, boaring, vanilla activities.....What is next... take away the drive thru dairy because there are pedestrians there.... Not all of life it safe... but it sure should be fun!!!


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Posted by Bobart99
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jun 22, 2009 at 9:33 am

I too really miss the Good Guys driving through town. It was such a wonderful gathering......! The sound was a amazing. It is not the same just walking by them at the fairgrounds. Does anyone know the real reason that stopped? My husband suggests we have a Pleasanton Day on the Fourth od July so we can get the fireworks back with a small crowd.


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Posted by Tina
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 22, 2009 at 9:51 am

That is so lame! I remember going on the high dive as a kid, I'm sorry it is gone.


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Posted by Fun Cops
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2009 at 9:56 am

We are doing this for the "greater good for the greater population" people, can't you see that we are, in essence, SAVING YOU FROM YOURSELVES!

The next time your coffee is too hot & you scald your tongue, we'll be there with a trial lawyer & a new state constitutional amendment to ban hot coffee. Same thing with a slide at your kids park that has been in the sun all day, forget it they're history. Waaaay too much possibility of a burned backside. As to all of the rest of your past indulgences, past times & "fun" activities, now that we have done away with your lawn darts, cap guns & slingshots we've taken all of your "violence & play war making" ability away. We're close to taking all the sugar out of your diets, red meat is next followed by dairy & ANYTHING with peanuts in them (god forbid anybody should be exposed to something as lethal as a P. B. & J. sandwich!) Cigarettes...the devils fingers (but if you need a pot club card to smoke dope, no problem)

Just let us take care of everything people, because we know what is best for you. Do not resist, do not question us, we are doing this to protect the children.

Because remember, the children are our future...


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Posted by Rodney
a resident of California Somerset
on Jun 22, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Now I can't do the "Triple Lindy"


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 22, 2009 at 7:09 pm

way to go...there are sooooooooooooooooo many irresponsible teens that they sometimes need an assist...fewer broken bones, etc....thank you very much...indeed!


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Posted by Jerri
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2009 at 7:52 pm

I bring my kids to the San Ramon pool instead of Pleasanton's. They don't kick everyone out of the pool every hour so three 2 year olds can enjoy it alone. My kids get sick of being kicked out of the pool so often and end up wanting to leave.
San Ramon doesn't sell junk to the kids. I never let my kids buy the junk, but they have to watch other kids eat it, while I watch the discarded wrappers from the junk blow into the pool.
San Ramon has clean locker rooms. By late afternoon, the ladies locker room in Pleasanton is disgusting. The Livermore pool has no shade. The San Ramon pool has shade and is only 15 minutes away.


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Posted by BellyFlop
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Jun 23, 2009 at 5:12 am

I grew up here and the high dive was a rite of passage that sitcoms, 'after school specials', and kids books are made of. It was first could you jump off, then could you dive head first,then could you do a flip, then flip both ways. At the time it just set rank for summer coolness, but really taught us that we need to try. If a belly flop was the worst it would dish out we could handle it.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2009 at 10:26 am

Julie is a registered user.

This is what we get for being a "sue happy" society.

Have you noticed how swings have disappeared from renovated parks? Developmentally speaking, swings are very important for young children. Unfortunately, they are potentially dangerous and thus require a large amount of space around them. Some parks don't have enough space for the regulation. Perhaps insurance also gets driven sky high because of the prospect of law suits.

I don't think it's about "saving people from themselves". I think it's about saving themselves from law suits! And, who is to blame for that? All the ridiculous law suits that have been allowed!


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Posted by Miriam
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Good move. We want our community to live within our means, so there are trade-offs like this that put the idea to the test. Now, if you really want the high dive then do what the schools are doing and have a fund raiser, not merely nostalgic memories you want kept in place for your benefit.


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Posted by Girly Men & Burly Girls
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Jun 23, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Indeed, Government is saving us from ourselves.

The so called international road side symbol is a See-Saw yet I can't remember the last time I saw-a-see-saw in one.

Alameda used to have an honest to goodness locomotive in one of their parks for kids to climb upon and play "Engineer". It's long gone sad to say.

It's just a matter of time before something happens on one of those Plasticized - Rubberized McDonald's looking things in the parks presently before they're gone too.

Only thing left for kids to do will soon be Pilates & Recycling.

See – Saws are out.

Merry – Go – Rounds are out.

High Dives are out.

Peanut Butter is out.

Pot is In.

What's a kid to do these days in this fenced off sanitized world?

I'm not insensitive to the hazards of life but Gee Whiz.

Far more Kids are killed & injured in traffic accidents (I'll bet) than all of the above combined, yet we still let them drive.

How about making the driving age 21 and keep the rest?


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Posted by Linda
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jun 24, 2009 at 6:31 am

This is so sad to me. We have a pool in our backyard and we belong to a swim club, but my kids always used to love going and jumping off the high dive. We live in a sue-happy society that has ruined the fun for all of us. My kids will be sad.


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Posted by BellyFlop
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Jun 25, 2009 at 9:28 am

Miriam, you said, "Good move. We want our community to live within our means, so there are trade-offs like this that put the idea to the test. Now, if you really want the high dive then do what the schools are doing and have a fund raiser, not merely nostalgic memories you want kept in place for your benefit."
I think it costed more to remove it than to keep it. If it was because it needed replacement and 'they' couldn't afford a new one that's a diffrent story.


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Posted by BellyFlop
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Jun 25, 2009 at 9:39 am

Girly Men & Burly Girls -"It's just a matter of time before something happens on one of those Plasticized - Rubberized McDonald's looking things in the parks presently before they're gone too."
I swear those thing shock the hell out of me. My wife sends my son down the slide, I grab him at the bottom and SNAP. He has cried before because of it, and it's hurt me and I'm kind of a wannabe tough guy. No real damage, no long term effects, no need to go to a doctor....so nothing to sue about. Still I'd rather have metal slides and a tetnis shot every 5 years or so than be shocked everytime. I think my son is going to see those when he's older and flinch everytime like a Pavlov dog. Skate parks and none of the above mentioned playground structures? I better be quiet or they'll take them next.


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