Activities abound at the Huntsman and Briarwood pools in Blacksburg, Va.
These two junior Olympic-sized pools are part of Hethwood, a
planned unit development that includes apartments, townhomes and
condominiums. They provide residents with a place to get fit and
build community connections. Swim lessons, water aerobics and
lifeguard training are regular offerings, but special events, such
as ice cream socials, poolside movies and senior events, are a key
part of the programming.
To keep residents informed, the Hethwood Foundation, the
homeowners association serving this planned community, publishes a
monthly newsletter featuring upcoming events and programs. They
have recently joined the social media bandwagon, and now promote
pool activities on Facebook and Twitter.
The Huntsman pool is 25 meters, with diving boards in the deep
end and a 1,000-gallon tot pool. The Briarwood pool measures the
same, except the smaller tot pool only holds 400 gallons of water.
Employees for the summer usually come from one of the two nearby
universities. To keep patrons safe, the staff participates in two
different trainings each month — one focusing on CPR and
first aid, while the other includes lifesaving instruction and team-building skills.
While there’s no more room to expand the pool facilities
physically, operators continue to pursue aquatic perfection through
increased efficiency and patron satisfaction.