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Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 7, 2021
Grand opening of Lawrence Family Fitness Center postponed
Pool open to swimmers

Dolphin swim team

Matt Montgomery, branch executive for the Lawrence Family Fitness Center, coaches a group swimming session for the Down East Family YMCA Dolphin swim team. Most of these swimmers have been on the team for a few years and have been practicing in Ellsworth, with the rest of the Dolphins.

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The grand opening of the Lawrence Family Fitness Center, which had been scheduled for early January, has been postponed until sometime in late January.

“The delay is mostly due to the delay in completion of the tiling work in the pool and the back hallway,” said Matt Montgomery, branch executive of the Down East Family YMCA, Lawrence Family Fitness Center, located in Blue Hill.

On a positive note, the six-lane, 25-yard-long swimming pool officially opened on December 21, after a two-month construction delay. Montgomery added that swimmers must comply with Maine CDC guidelines.

“Swimmers are to reserve a lane,” Montgomery said. “CDC guidelines restrict use to one swimmer per lane with the following exceptions: Swimmers who share a household may share a lane, and coached workouts are allowed three swimmers per lane.”

To reserve a lane, members may call the center at 374-5359. There is a tutorial online that explains how to reserve a spot. Members may sign up for one hour at a time, in 30-minute slots, Montgomery explained. The pool schedule is available at the fitness center, and will be available on the website, defymca.org.

“We recommend that swimmers bring appropriate footwear to get from the locker rooms to the pool deck,” Montgomery said. “Until the back hallway is available, swimmers will enter the pool area through the main lobby.”

Members are asked to shower before entering the pool. CDC guidelines prohibit the center from supplying equipment or towels. Swimmers may bring their own equipment, he added.

“Swimmers must wear a mask until they enter the water,” Montgomery said. “We recommend that swimmers bring a zip-lock bag to place your mask in while you are swimming to keep it clean and dry. You must put your mask back on immediately after exiting the water.”