Final day for Junior Olympics swim meet at Pleasanton's aquatic center

2,000 swimmers with families here for 3-day event sponsored by Pleasanton Seahawks

Competition finals are under way from 6:30 this morning to about 5 p.m. in the final day of the Junior Olympics swim meet at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center on Black Avenue, being hosted by the Pleasanton Seahawks.

Despite the cold temperatures, hundreds of swimmers are making the leap into warmer 70-degree water at the center, then wrapping themselves quickly in heavy blankets provided by their parents.

Many then move into swim team tents for shelter from the cold during wait times between events. The Seahawks also has two heated tents for swimmers and their families.

Approximately 2,000 swimmers and their family and friends converged on the Pleasanton center and Amador Community Park Friday for the three-day competition.

Admission is free to this fun-filled event.

-Janet Pelletier

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Posted by Nopar King
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Its about time that they do something about parking at these swimming events at the Aquatic Center. This has been a big pain in the posterior for nearby residents and for people needing to go to the post office or nearby businesses. I must say that I am skeptical that this problem is going to be mitigated to any significant degree, but I'll hold judgement until after the event.

These swimming events, the band events, the endless parades, and the general lack of parking are why many Tri-Valley residents avoid downtown Pleasanton like the plague.

Reduced to a one liner its "Hey Stupid, its the Lack of Parking!"

Helllloooo -- City Council and Downtown Association, are you listening???

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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2009 at 5:08 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

I somewhat agree with Nopar. I live right behind the aquatic center and it's endless cars parked on neighborhood streets. I know that there is no law that states who and can't park on city streets, but it's highly annoying. The people that live on the block can't park in front of their houses and when pulling out of the driveway, there's always the worry of some kid darting out in the middle of the street. Also, is there a noise ordinance as to how loud the speakerphone can be? At times, the loudness of the person speaking was louder than that of an Amador football game.

I'm all for sports events but I'm curious as to what solution could be drawn. I don't know if this is ever an option, but whatever happened to Sat/Sun swim meets, where they could then park at Amador and walk over. (I'm sure people would complain about having to walk but it's the same deal when they park down Black, Alameda, Greenwood etc.

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Posted by LiveStrong
a resident of Avila
on Dec 4, 2009 at 8:47 pm


Sounds like a Yogi Berra line to me..."Nobody goes there anymore because its too crowded."

How can everybody avoid Pleasanton yet there still be no parking? Seems like there must be quite a few people visiting taking up all those parking spots. I guess those 4 or 5 endless parades throughout the year are horribly inconvenient for you.

Maybe we should just bulldoze downtown and make it a parking lot. That would certainly increase the parking for all those visitors.

I understand that anything that is different or the slightest inconvenient to you is worrisome, but for me its better than the alternative of the whole town being empty.

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Posted by not that location
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 5, 2009 at 8:22 am

All of you are making my point exactly about why the skating rink on First Street was such a DUMB idea! Imagine having to deal with the swim meet problem every single day for the entire holiday season! No parking, loud speakers/music, lights, 24/7 generators to keep the ice frozen. Fiahlo will be trying to put the rink in that park next year, mark my words. He also swears that there was no "downtown" location available and that is not true. He knows very well that one of the two original places WAS available and he is just not admitting it. Some of the merchants know and they are not entirely tight lipped about it. That rink did not have to take up the library parking lot.
Just a question -- since the so-called storm door is open and a series of very large storms are expected starting this week and extending through January, how many people will be skating in the rain and wind? I am not holding my breath to see the final accounting of how much money it costs the city and how much of the profits make it to the schools as promised. A rink at any price, not such a bargain.

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Posted by Nopar King
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 7, 2009 at 8:39 am


You miss the point. More people could enjoy the downtown area, with a lot less inconvenience, if the Pleasanton govenment would address the lack of parking. And, by the way, most of the downtown merchants are hurting, and the parking situation is a significant contributor. In the case of the swim meets, it used to be that you could not even get into the Post Office until there were enough complaints that the police started busting the scofflaws.

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Posted by Swimmer's Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 7, 2009 at 9:00 am

As a parent of a Pleasanton Seahawk swimmer, I would like to thank the neighborhood residents around the Aquatic Center. We realize that you make some sacrifices for our meets and we appreciate it. As a team, we do our best to control the parking and traffic during meets. This meet posed an extra challenge due to the Holiday Parade on Saturday. In an ideal world, the Aquatic Center would have been built with more parking, but we work with what we have.

Please remember that these meets are a benefit to the city of Pleasanton, as well as to our team. We pay significant fees to the city for the use of the pools and the facility. We hire local lifeguards for the weekend. We promote and recommend Pleasanton hotels to out of town swimmers. We put a map of local restaurants in our program. We use local vendors for food supplies, prizes, printing, equipment and more. In addition, I will guarantee that Starbucks and Noah's benefited from our meet this weekend. It was cold out there!

Finally, did you know that the Pleasanton Seahawks is one of the top swim teams in Northern California and in the top 75 in the country? We have National, American, and Pacific Swimming record holders. We proudly carry the Pleasanton name all over the country and the world when we swim. So, I hope that our town is as proud of its swim team are we are of Pleasanton.

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