MCA Chooses Lottery System Over Choice System for Local Pools

After a challenging opening weekend for the Stapleton pools, the MCA put together an emergency panel Tuesday to decide a better system for getting people in and out of the pools. With the recent boom in Stapleton home sales, and no new pools currently being built, Stapleton pools were fraught with long lines, challenges with administration, and at many times, a one in one out policy. “We are well aware of the many difficulties experienced by residents over the Holiday weekend,” said MCA President Liza Kampstra. “We dedicated a panel of MCA leaders and Stapleton residents to come up with the best possible solution to the crisis.”

The panel needed to come up with a better way to get people in and out of the pools. “Having a free for all of people coming and going to any pool on any day clearly wasn’t going to work,” said Kampstra. “Immediately, we raised prices for non-residents ($15 daily, $25 on weekends, $75 for Aurorans) as that will hopefully ease some of the crowd. After that, we had to make some hard decisions as to creating a system that will be fair to all residents, and help with the overcrowding at the pools.”

Several ideas were considered, but two potential solutions rose to the top as the least likely to cause major changes to the current system. “We know the schools have experimented with the choice system with some success,” said Kampstra. “So, that was one way we could go.” After hours of discussing the choice plan some roadblocks were brought up. “We know that location of the pools is very important to the pool-goers,” said Kampstra. “So, telling someone that lives across the street from a pool they will have to go to another pool three miles away seemed ridiculous. Maybe not for a school system, but definitely ridiculous for a pool system.”

The other option that is most often used in similar scenarios is the lottery system. “We thought we could create a system where people would randomly get assigned hours they would be allowed to use a pool,” said Kampstra. “But, that became way to challenging to monitor. We decided to simplify the process.”

In the end, the MCA decided to create a lottery system where members were assigned a day(s) of the week where they could attend any pool they wanted, but it had to be that day(s) and those days were non-transferable. If the member was unable to use that day, their number simply went back into the system until someone in the system was able to use it. If a lottery “winner” consistently failed to show up for their day(s) they would eventually lose their pool privileges.

The new system has come with mixed reviews. “This is ridiculous,” said pool-goer and resident Jenny Christin. “Part of the fun of going to the pool is the spontaneity of it.” Resident Kevin Taylor agrees. “I see what they were trying to do,” said Taylor. “It just seems like an awful lot of work to go to a pool you originally thought you always had access to.” Sandy Williams agrees with the decision. “It seems like the most equitable way to do it,” says Williams. “At least it solves the long lines and you should be able to find a place to sit.” The MCA will begin implementing the plan next week, and residents will need to sign up for the lottery at www.stapletoncommunity.com/poollotto.

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One response to “MCA Chooses Lottery System Over Choice System for Local Pools”

  1. Dennis

    The pools are a colossal waste of money and good land for 3+ months of use a year. Best idea: close the pools, and build houses on the land. MCA could roll out slip- and-slides in the parks. Then at the end of the season have a huge community wide slip-and-slide tournament in Central Park. They won’t have to shut the whole thing down just because some kid poops or another moron breaks his beer glass. Plus there is a much better chance of a nanny wardrobe malfunction too.

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