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Hommocks Pool: In Hot Water?

My family belongs to Hommocks pool in Mamaroneck/ Larchmont for the summer.  I have been trying to get the heat turned on for the big indoor pool.  First the recreation department told me









that it was switched off because of construction but when I kept checking with them to see when it would be turned on…they directed me to the buildings department (school).  The head of that department told me they never turn on the heat in the summer and that the pool is 82.5 degrees!!!  funny I told him.  I took my thermometer to it and it reads 72 degrees.

I pay over $30,000 a year in taxes…..I joined the pool for $475/year and I pay for 4 kids to have lessons in a pool that is too cold to learn how to swim.  I have had to pull my 5 year old twins out after 15 minutes because their lips have turned blue and are shivering like crazy.  All the swim instructors wear wet suits………I don’t think they would do that in 82.5 degrees.

Hoping this story can get some air.  I am trying to take it a step up to the Superintendent of building services….and I have collected 70 signatures from other people at the pool.

Maddening that they are just lying to us….at least they should admit the temperature of the pool.


—theLoop will check into this.


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July 27, 2010 5:49 PM

Lorelei, I’m glad to hear you agree. My 8 year old is already aware of the yucky facilities and as a result is not crazy about Hommocks. At least we still like Manor Beach. My question is what can we do to facilitate getting a better community pool for Larchmont/Mamaroneck? Does anyone know? If there were some concrete steps that would actually move us toward this goal, surely others would lend support and pitch in. Maybe the Loop might be willing to look into this issue, whether there is history on people agitating for a better community pool, and perhaps help move things in the right direction?

July 23, 2010 2:58 PM

Weneedabetterpool is absolutely correct. Thank you!! Hommocks pool is the pits. My family loves to swim but we don’t because the kids don’t like the Hommocks pool at all now that they’re old enough to realize how bad the facilities are. When they were under 10 it was ok but now as pre-teens they realize that it’s more fun to not go there than to go there. No outdoor pool and no nice places to hang out are the main issues. Thank goodness for Manor Beach but it’s still no substitute for a community pool. Here’s how bad it is: my neighbors here in the village put up little above-ground pool on a dirt patch in their yard and the kids insist that the neighbors are having more fun in this dinky 4 foot deep circle than they could have at HMX pool. HMX pool is decidedly NOT a summer facility. It’s adequate for a winter facility to swim laps, and for middle school gym class and for swim team but that’s where it ends. Most towns have an indoor pool for those reasons I just mentioned, and they also have an outdoor community pool for summer. Yes, we do need a better pool. The glass roof did nothing but try to trick us into thinking we were getting an all-season pool and in the end what it did was provide a nice place for the pigeons to hang out and watch the people try to have fun in the pool. You can see the pigeons looking down from their perches on the ceiling beams, practically rolling their eyes and saying “suckers!”.

p.s. pigeons hanging out on the beams over the pool = health hazard. Yuk! Someone please correct me if anti-pigeon measures have been taken since I was last there but last year the birds were abundant on the exposed beams over the pool.

July 23, 2010 2:20 PM

I have to agree with those that say it is not the time to spend money. Soon we will all be strapped for cash. When all the debt starts coming due, and believe me it already is, we as a town, county, state and country will be in dire straights. The bottom line – it will come out of our (taxpayers) pocket. To consider spending Town of Mamaroneck funds on this sort of thing now is just plain stupid. If the food is horrible, attend a town board meeting and voice your opinions. Perhaps the town will search out a new vendor. Perhaps some trees can be trimmed allowing more light to filter in. Let us try something fiscally responsible that might help ease the obvious distress this issue is having on some of our residents.

July 23, 2010 1:54 PM

I grew up in Larchmont and learned to swim at Hommocks 35+ years ago. My folks still live in town and go to Hommocks. They stopped going to Manor Beach a long time ago. After skimming some of the comments above I realized that paying for the expensive membership to a an outdoor pool/tennis club in the town I’ve lived in for the past four years might actually be worth it. We lived in Eastchester for a few years and what L/M folks are saying about the Town buying a club is what was done at Lake Isle, except it was done after, I believe, a civil rights case was brought against Lake Islee when it was private. Bottom line is it is more enjoyable to swim in an outdoor pool during the summer. Of course, if you don’t belong to a health club or a Y with an indoor pool, you can’t swim for the rest of the year. Gotta believe that Mamaroneck can heat the sucker a bit to resolve part of the dilemma.

July 20, 2010 7:12 PM

In my view, raising the temperature of the big indoor pool will do practically nothing to ameliorate the Hommocks Pool as a whole. The freezing temperature is just one issue among many. The bottom line is that it is still an indoor pool. The community ought to have a nice, big, outdoor pool in a reasonably attractive environment. The horrendous food, lack of chairs, indoor aspect, etc. at Hommocks makes for fodder for the country clubs. I strongly dislike the entrance practices at most of the area’s country clubs, where one must go through rounds of interviews, etc. and then wait to hear back to see if they are willing to accept you. The only area club that I know of that definitely doesn’t have this practice is Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht, where you can just pay and join if you would like to. I would really like to know if there are other area clubs that have a more equitable entrance, meaning if you would like to join you are in? (I am specifically thinking of pool, possibly beach, but not golf.) Does anyone know?

If it weren’t for Manor Beach I would not enjoy our community much during the summertime.

I also feel that Hommocks will become less appealing to my children as they get older. I am thinking that as they get older it will become more obvious to them what a complete dump it is, and they won’t want to go there any longer.

July 20, 2010 10:48 AM

No way can you have lessons in the outdoor pool!!! I’m 5’2″, and the deepest part of the outdoor pool is up to my waist. Unless I side-step a couple of feet, where it begins to get even more shallow. (My son took swim lessons for two years at Hommocks, ages 4-6. He had a neoprene wetsuit and he still shivered and had blue lips after each lesson in the redone pool.) I like the solar panels heating the water idea…that sounds like something that still can be done. At least if the water temperature is tolerable, missing the sun wouldn’t be quite as miserable as it is now.

July 19, 2010 4:34 PM

Hommocks is not a very good facility; we can all agree on that. Yes, would have been great to take over Hampshire, but money talks. Much of the chatter I heard at the time was that the town should use its zoning power to get a good “deal” from the Hampshire members. It’s all good as long as other people pay (in this case Hampshire members by accepting a lower price under duress from the town). All those people who said they’d donate or fundraise … please. I am sure that if they showed up to the town check in hand, the town would have listened. As things stood, it would have been financial suicide for the town to buy the Hampshire property in this economic environment.

As for the current problem at hand, a small (yes, in the scheme of things, small) number of folks, mostly with small children, want the temperature raised. To make small children comfortable in a pool, the temperature woluld have to approach that of the outdoor pool. So here’s an idea: move the swim lessons to the outdoor pool for the summer. If we are talking about “small” children, the outdoor pool is plenty big enough. Everyone else should be just fine in the big pool. Where have all the environmentalists and fiscal conservatives gone when their creature comforts are at stake?

July 19, 2010 3:29 PM

I have a family membership at the Hommocks Pool and my kids do classes and swim team there. We don’t particularly mind the cool temps (we are primarily “lap swimmers”) but have brought guests with us who paid a large price to enter the pool with us as a family and couldn’t swim because they were too cold. Though I don’t personally need it, I am not opposed to having the water a little warmer.

I do, however, agree wholeheartedly with WeNeedABetterCommunityPool in that entry to the pool is ridiculous for families and cumbersome for all, the food is beyond disgusting, even poisonous, the locker rooms are pitiful and the guard staff at the pool are often unprofessional, unfriendly and sometimes even rude.

If they were going to replace the roof in a way that blocked out the sun, they would have been smarter to put solar panels to generate energy to heat the pool that way.

For the money, Hommocks is an economically sound way to keep my family active but I would love to have another option. Too bad our beloved waters have been so polluted.

July 19, 2010 2:43 PM

To “Vote,” Thanks for your suggestion that the Hommocks Pool be boycotted. In my view a boycott would probably not help the community achieve the goal of creating a better and nicer community pool. People are just desperate to have a pool to go to when the heat is so high, and this is why they accept Hommocks, and buy memberships to it. Even if a substantial number of people boycotted it and didn’t renew their memberships next time around, I don’t think this would lead the community toward the goal of creating a better community pool, because I don’t know that our community leaders find this to be a priority.

I found it interesting that everyone I happened to speak to about the opportunity for Larchmont/Mamaroneck to acquire the former Hampshire site, and open an adequate community pool there, was tremendously in favor of this. People stated they would be very willing to donate money and help to fundraise for this goal.

I find it strange that our community doesn’t have adequate community pool facilities for our local residents. Look at Scarsdale by comparison. I understand they have a beautiful pool complex for their residents.

If we had a nice community pool it could only add value to our community. It would be another attractive feature about living here.

And for those who would still prefer to swim in a cold, indoor pool during the summer or year round, they could still buy their memberships to the Hommocks!

July 18, 2010 8:26 PM

best way to change things is to boycott the pool.

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