Update on Community Amenities

June 3rd, 2020

The Leeland Station Community Association (LSCA) Board of Directors (BOD) held its recent monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020.  During this meeting, the BOD discussed the re-opening of amenities throughout the community, as well as other issues that affect our homeowners.

We wanted to take this opportunity to provide a quick overview of the current status of these amenities, as we transition into Virginia’s Phase Two.  Once approved, a full recap of the June 2020 Board of Director’s meeting, will be available online at https://leelandstationca.connectresident.com/.

Community Amenities

Considering the recent announcement of Virginia’s Phase Two effective June 5th, the Board voted to re-open the Tennis and Basketball Courts, once appropriate signage, and hand sanitizing stations can be obtained and installed per guidelines.  The community will be notified once the amenities are available for use.

Tennis Court – Phase Two Guidelines

  • No one with fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to use
  • Maintain ten feet of social distancing at all times
  • Single Tennis matches only
  • No loitering / No littering
  • For homeowner use only - no guests
  • Court open from dawn to dusk

Basketball Court – Phase Two Guidelines

  • No one with fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to use
  • Maintain ten feet of social distancing at all times
  • Court open for basket shooting only, no games
  • No loitering / No littering
  • For homeowner use only - no guests
  • Court open from dawn to dusk

Tot Lots – Phase Two Guidelines

  • The re-opening of playgrounds and tot lots is still prohibited under Phase Two. These amenities will continue to be closed until further guidance is provided which allows us to safely re-open to homeowners.

The board also discussed the opening of the community pool under the current Phase Two guidelines. After hearing homeowner feedback, and considering the many regulations and requirements to safely open the pool to homeowners this summer, the BOD determined it will need additional time to research and prepare a detailed plan in which the pool could be open for use this season.  At this time, a final decision has not been made regarding the 2020 Pool Season.  

Community Pool – Phase Two Guidelines

  • No one with fever or symptoms of COVID-19 or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to use.
  • Outdoor swimming pools may be open for lap swimming, exercise, and instruction use only.
  • Lap swimming must be limited to three persons per lane, maintaining ten feet of social distancing at all times.
  • Swimming instructions and water exercise classes must be limited to allow participants to maintain ten feet social distancing.
  • All seating must be cleaned and disinfected between uses.

HOA Considerations to Open Pool

  • How do we successfully implement and adhere to local ordinances, state and federal orders, as well as follow CDC guidelines required to open this amenity? How do we effectively screen residents for COVID-19 exposure?
  • Do we have adequate lifeguard staff to maintain the safety of our residents using the pool, as well as additional staff that will be required to ensure all regulatory guidelines are adhered to by owners using the amenity?
  • How do we implement a successful registration system to ensure all homeowners are given a fair opportunity to use the pool while keeping in mind our limited pool capacity (I.e., three swimmers per lane, maximum pool availability of six lanes, with lap lane swimming only)? Noting the baby pool and side pool “wings” cannot be utilized by individuals, while maintaining a required ten feet of social distance.
  • How long do we allow individual lap swimming reservations (30 minutes/45 minutes, etc.) and how long must the pool be closed in-between sessions to allow the lifeguard staff to disinfect all surfaces (to include pool railings, ladders, steps, entry areas, furniture, showers, restrooms, etc.).
  • Can we effectively limit the pool to only homeowner’s use, while allowing no guest passes or outside memberships this season?
  • Is the cost invested into maintaining the pool, supporting lifeguards, and administrative staff worth the expense understanding that the majority of the homeowners will get very limited use of the pool due to the restrictive number of daily users and the size of our pool? Noting because of lane limitations, we may only open the pool to 18-25 users at a time.
  • And overall, how do we ensure all these areas are addressed and implemented 100% to ensure minimal liability risk to HOA?

Owners will be notified once the LSCA BOD, it’s attorney, and management completes additional research and has a better determination if we can successfully open the pool for the 2020 season.

We understand residents are not getting the full benefit of our facilities.  The BOD will explore ways to address this going forward along with looking at how unexpected COVID-19 related costs will affect the association.

We would like to thank the homeowners who provided feedback via email, and at our recent BOD meeting.  Please continue to send feedback on community amenities, or other issues affecting our homeowners to Katrinea.Erb@FSResidential.com.

LSCA Board of Directors

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