Moran: Resident points out issue at Kuentz Center

Posted 1/21/21

I am writing about a safety risk at the new Kuentz pool in Sun City West.

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Moran: Resident points out issue at Kuentz Center


I am writing about a safety risk at the new Kuentz pool in Sun City West.

Those in charge were informed about the risk by myself and several others. When I moved here 21 years ago, I was a regular swimmer at Kuentz. About five or six years ago, the pool lap dividers had to be replaced. When the new ropes were put in, they did not have the solid color warning a couple feet before the end. When a swimmer is doing the back stroke, there is no waning that you are approaching the end and you can slam your head against the side of the pool.

I’ve done it and have discussed it with other swimmers. They have done the same thing.

All the other pools in Sun City West have the warnings, either solid color on the rope or flags overhead — except for Kuentz. The markings on the bottom of the pool do not help if you are doing the back stroke or floating.

Several of us have complained to the rec centers officials. I was told that when they redid the pool it would be corrected. Kuentz has now reopened and though they did a beautiful job, nothing was done about the above-mentioned problem. When I mentioned this to the rec centers officials, I was told there never was any plans to fix this problem. I was told it is “swim at your own risk.”

But this is a known safety risk. Flags stretched across the pool would be an easy fix and not a big expense. The rec centers officials need to fix this hazard before someone gets seriously injured. Use some of the money that was saved when the facilities were closed last year — and still our dues went up.

Kathy Moran

Sun City West