Have some safe, summer fun

Fortune 500 company CEO Lynn Good has said, “Our highest priorities are safe operations and the well-being of the people and community we serve.” That is certainly true in Anthem. At the Community Center, special safety measures are in place so that our residents enjoy amenities safely while having fun.

Stay safe in the water

Well-trained, attentive and capable staff is perhaps the most important part of the pool experience, especially when it comes to safety. For each of the past five years, the aquatics staff has been recognized with a five-star/elite rating from the Starfish Aquatics Institute. Hours of training and hard work go into achieving a five-star rating; lifeguards must pass written exams, as well as intensive poolside training exercises like “red caps,” when random objects that sink (i.e. mannequins, weights) are discreetly placed in and around the pool area, as a way to measure staff’s attentiveness and reaction time. If a lifeguard does not pass this red cap exercise, they must undergo further training before they’re allowed back on duty. Safety in the water is paramount.

Remember these poolside safety tips:

  • Drink (and bring) lots of water to the pool. Staying hydrated is of the utmost importance in the summer sun.
  • Apply and re-apply sunscreen throughout your visit.
  • Check every member of the family in, not just one adult (so we have a headcount in the event of an emergency).
  • Take a quick shower before entering and after exiting the water. This keeps the pool (and you) clean and free of germs. Showers are located on the back of the guardhouse, or in the locker rooms.

Passwords with a Purpose

It’s easy to get distracted when the kids are splashing in the water. Adults jump on social media or get on a call and can easily get drawn into the abyss of not paying attention. Several times throughout the summer, the WiFi password at the Community Center will change, and will have a special message for our residents and their guests. We call it “Passwords with a Purpose.” Watch for the social media campaign with more information, and signs posted at the Community Center throughout the summer with the updated passwords.

Splash Pads

The Adventure Playground splash pad located in Community Park is now open. Hours are the same as the playground itself; 8 a.m.-sunset. Liberty Bell splash pad opened April 28; hours are 10 a.m.-sunset.

Lap Pool/Big Splash Water Park

The water park will open Saturday, May 26. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Hours transition to weekends only (noon-5 p.m.) on Aug. 6, through Labor Day.

Once again this year, there will be a private special needs hour at the water park, Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. During this time, no music will be played over the sound system, and lifeguards will be on duty.

The dive well is now open, with lifeguards on duty; weekends from noon-5 p.m. Daily hours will begin May 26.

Have fun this summer, but remember safety comes first!