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Jan 25

Pool Maintenance Begins Feb. 4

Posted to Association News by Adam Rosen

Some might argue it’s too cold for a dip in the pool to start the year, but there are people that enjoy the heated pools at the Mountain Vista Club and Foothills Center all year long. These are frequented by lap swimmers, water aerobics, and those looking for a milder version of the Polar Plunge or a good workout when the water is warm, and the air is cool.

We keep the pools open 365 days a year for you to enjoy except for when our annual maintenance happens. This maintenance is done during the coolest time of the season to disrupt as little pool fun as possible, and we’ve scheduled maintenance for both community pools for next month at separate times so one pool is always open.

Our annual pool maintenance will begin Monday, Feb. 4, at the Mountain Vista Club. The pool area will be closed for about two weeks as the pools are emptied and cleaned to remove dirt and residue from a long, hot year. The CoolDeck will also be power-washed to ensure it keeps your feet cool on the hottest days for years to come.

Once work is done at the Mountain Vista Club, pools are refilled, and the lap pool is heated to a comfortable temperature, we will reopen the pool area and close the Foothills Center to perform maintenance there. Similar work is expected to take about a week to complete at Foothills, and both pools will be reopened by the end of February.

Check out eNews later this month for exact dates for each pool closure. Thank you for your cooperation as this work is done; we can’t wait to open both pools back up for the spring and summer and reopen the water slides in May!

Acacia Grove and Primrose Estates residents: your neighborhood pool will undergo maintenance once work is done at Foothills Center in late February. We will let you know by email when we have exact dates.

May 21

Bermuda Grass

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Adam Rosen

Does your spring yard work include a new crop of Bermuda grass? If you’re looking to install new Bermuda sod or plant Bermuda seeds, you need to make sure that you wait until night time temperatures are above 65 degrees.

Bermuda grass is a warm-temperature species. When you install new sod or when young seedlings sprout, the plant is at its most vulnerable. By waiting until temperatures are warm enough, you’ll be planting your new crop in the most favorable conditions and giving it the best chance at survival.

Unfortunately this year, unseasonably cold temperatures are sticking around much longer than usual. Overnight lows are starting to creep above 65, but keep an eye on the temps if you’re looking to install new Bermuda!

May 22

Tips for a Safe Memorial Day

Posted to Peoria News by Adam Rosen

Heading out to or hosting a Memorial Day party? Here are a few important things to keep in mind to make this a safe weekend for everyone. If you are using a charcoal grill, make sure it is in a well-ventilated area. Never use a charcoal grill indoors. Just like in the kitchen, keep a child-free zone around the grill.

Holiday parties often include a backyard or community pool. Make sure there is a designated water watcher who has constant eye-to-eye contact with children. Lastly, if you plan to have alcohol at your Memorial Day party, assign a designated driver or call a taxi or car service.