Monday, September 30, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions

This weekend at several sporting events we gave out our glossy flyers and copies of frequently asked questions that we encounter regarding the pool. Here is the link to those FAQs. It's useful to have this information for when you are speaking with your neighbors and friends regarding the pool.

Friday, September 27, 2013

For those who had to miss last night's orientation

  • If you can do a street campaign i.e. door to door
  • If you can do a literature handout at sporting events
  • If you know a business and can ask them to put out a sign for us
  • If you would like a lawn sign or t-shirt for a suggested donation of $20

          please email
 with all your details
We are thrilled to have your support !

Monday, September 23, 2013

Volunteer Orientation meeting on Thursday, September 26th at 7:30pm at the YMCA

This is it , the critical time when the hard work required needs to happen. There is a lot to do and we need as many people as possible to cover everything that needs to be done. We need everyone’s help to spread the word about the pool.

The tension structure is an excellent permanent solution for the Cheshire Community Pool and it is our job to get the information out there and convince the voters. To do this we need your help to reach as many people as possible and get out the vote. We will help you understand all the facts regarding the pool solution and equip you well to speak knowledgeably to your friends and neighbors. We will have signup opportunities for people to contribute in many different ways.

There is a strong NO contingent and they vote diligently. Last time around buses of them arrived motivated only to vote against the pool. If we cannot convince them to vote YES to this reliable permanent solution then we need to outvote them. Our volunteers are critical to the education and the get out the vote effort.
For us to be successful on November 5th we need your help.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 26th.

Thank you,

Friends of Cheshire Pool

Friday, September 20, 2013

This is what a "Community" Pool is all about

This picture from the Cheshire Herald shows us exactly why we are so passionate about preserving our Community Pool.
from the Herald..... "CHS Girls Swim/Dive team took time out of their busy summer to come to Cheshire Parks and Rec's Therapeutic Camp for special needs kids. They impressed the campers with their flip turns, stoke demonstrations, and mini races. They encouraged all the participants to try the sport they love."
This is why the Friends ask you to Vote Yes for the Solution to the Pool in November's Referendum.

Actual link below.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Please share with your neighbors and family

For our new Friends, please share this with your neighbors and family. Here is a video of the Pool Solution in the summer. The steel structure is up year round. As you can see in summer the sides are removed, the picnic tables are easily accessible and the green area is preserved.

Sun worship preserved but no chance of anything collapsing in the winter. The steel tension solution can hold 50lbs of snow per square foot and sustain 130 mph winds. No more closures, collapses, interruptions or disasters. Vote Yes to the Pool Solution.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Plea

A plea. Our last fundraising push was for the Fall Festival. As many of you saw we were able to provide the undecided voters with facts and figures in the form of an informational brochure. With photos and columns it detailed the Solution to the Pool.
Our next major push is to get that information into the newspapers in the form of advertising. We will have two waves of advertising. Unfortunately it is very expensive. We are asking for donations for this. We feel very strongly that if the people of Cheshire have the facts about the Solution to the Community Pool they will confidently vote YES. There is a remarkable amount of incorrect information and opinion out there. We need to get the true facts to the voters.

We count on your generosity again. Please help us by clicking
Thank you for your support.

We are extremely grateful for all donations.

Community Pool and the disabled

The Community Pool is heavily used by people with disabilities. 
Its comfortable water temperature and adapted access is a huge positive.
Vote YES to the Pool Solution so that they
and for their families can continue to reap its benefits.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Having to shuttle High School teams to training venues while the pool is closed will take anywhere from $60,000 -$70,000 annually from the EDUCATION budget.
Vote YES to the Pool Solution to keep the kids in town.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Vote Yes for the Pool Solution - The Fall Festival recap (with photos)

The Fall Festival offered us our first major opportunity to meet with our fellow Cheshire citizens to explain the solution to the Community Pool.

We had a scaled model of the proposed solution and we were able to show how the sides come off in the Summer allowing for a swimming AND sun worship. Our video showed the virtual tour of the facility. We were able to explain that the structure can sustain 130 mph winds and can support a snow load of 50lbs per square foot. We met a woman recently moved from Wisconsin who has been in these structures all over her state and who, as a new Cheshire resident, is voting YES with great confidence and experience.

We were able to tell them about similar steel tension structure pools in Mississippi who survived Hurricane Katrina, and Michigan pools that get major lake-effect snows. We talked about the Denver Airport being a similar structure.
People were delighted to hear about getting reduced operating costs by voting YES. We talked about the solution being able to be insulated to R35. We explained that the people who vote no to the solution are actually endorsing the current pool situation.

We talked about the cost being a mere $2.60 per tax HOUSEHOLD per YEAR. Most had us repeat TWO DOLLARS AND SIXTY CENTS PER HOUSEHOLD PER YEAR. That's it? That's it!.

We had copies of the business plan and showed people how the pool generated 600,000 dollars in revenue being open 70% of the year and we marveled at what could happen when it is open 100% of the year.

So many people stopped by or talked to us in the crowd. There were seniors who take aquafitness classes, little kids just learning to swim, families who go there all the time, the fit and healthy (and incredibly polite) swim team children young and old, medical professionals who feel strongly that it's a great health asset to the town, and realtors and homeowners who know that it keeps property prices up. All were impressed by the steel tension structure and look forward to year-round swimming. There were those who don't go to the pool but understand that just like the Linear trail, the Youth and Senior Centers, the Library and our schools that the Community Pool is a true "Community" asset that only adds value to our shared Cheshire experience.

We met so many people. We were able to do exactly what we set out to do - get information to the voters so they can make an informed decision. We are very confident that with that information they will vote YES to the Pool Solution.

Here are some photos to give you an idea of our day. If you have any shots of our volunteers do feel free to share.

Every hour on the hour a new team of us went out in the crowd, armed with information-packed brochures, recyclable grocery bags with our info, and answers to questions. We had some pretty neat tshirts too.

We had some familiar faces at the booth

It was great to have a model to explain how the solution works

We had the opportunity to speak to many, many members of the Community who stopped by.

We could tell by all the people in the crowd toting the blue bags and wearing "Vote Yes to the Pool solution" stickers that our workers were very, very successful! Thank you to our volunteers and supporters for a terrific day. Please continue your good work by talking with your neighbors and friends and getting everyone to Vote YES to the Pool Solution.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fall Festival Booth September 7th

Our big event this weekend is the Fall Festival. Friends of Cheshire Pool will be there ! We have a great booth location near the moon bounce We have ample brochures to hand out and some nice takeaways including recyclable grocery bags and stickers. In addition we have some good 'show and tell' features- a scaled model of the pool solution, and hopefully, with a crack audio-visual team, a virtual tour of the Pool Solution airing on a loop on a projector. Not too shabby considering the Council only sent this to referendum on August 27th Our group has been working really hard to be ready for this. The Fall Festival is a major community event. We have an opportunity to speak to many other booths, businesses, sports and civic groups, and get a chance to reach a true cross-section of the community. It's a great opportunity to get the facts to the voters. Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday !

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

3D tour of the Pool Solution, with the sides open for Summer use.

Feel free to share. Here is a 3D tour of the pool with the sides up ie our Summer option. The picnic tables will also be outside, and as you can see the green area is preserved.