July 22 2015

Swim School Looking to Build Indoor Pool in Burlington

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington youngsters may soon have a new place to learn how to swim. 


Gold Fish Swim School appeared before the Planning Board on July 16 with a proposal to open an indoor pool at 10 B Street near Terrace Hall Avenue. 


The swim school was there with a site plan and application for a special permit that would allow it to occupy at 10,000 square foot building at the location. It plans to renovate the existing building, add additional parking and improve the landscaping. On the interior it plans to build a 25-by-75-foot swimming pool that is four-feet deep throughout. There will also be a separate “dry area” for parents and caregivers to watch the swimming lessons. 

Gold Fish Swim School is a franchise that started nine years ago in Michigan and now has 30 facilities in the country. It has recently moved into New England, a region a representative for the company called an “untapped market.” 

The swim school teaches children from the age of infant up to about 10-years old how to swim in a safe and comfortable environment. Unlike pools of yesteryear where children learned to swim while shivering, Steve Miesowicz, a representative of Goldfish Swim School, said they keep their pools heated to 90 degrees and the air at 92 degrees. 


He said the goal is to teach kids how to swim in a fun way so they enjoy the activity. The classes, which normally run for a half-hour, have four students for one instructor. Oftentimes there are multiple classes going on in the pool at once. 


Members of the planning board, including Chairman Barbara L’Heureux asked some questions about the parking plans. Currently the site has no designated parking spaces and Gold Fish is planning on adding new spaces and created a circular one-entrance, one-exit parking plan. Members asked if this would be confusing to customers and lead to people entering or leaving from the wrong curb cut. 


Overall, however, the members seemed open to the idea and thought residents would like to see the swim school come to town. They voted to continue the hearing to the board’s next meeting on August 6. 

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