Alameda letters: Harbor Bay Club does, too, benefit community

Bay Club does, too, benefit community

Recently, I read a claim that the Harbor Bay Club has given nothing back to the Alameda community. This assertion is not true. The Harbor Bay Club sponsors youth sports teams, donates auction items to PTAs, holds benefit events at which monies are raised and provides free clubhouse access and tennis courts to nonprofit organizations.

As the recent PTA co-president at Bay Farm School, I can personally attest that the Harbor Bay Club was very generous in supporting our auction last year, helping us raise thousands of dollars for Bay Farm School children and allowing other partners to use its space to help with fundraising activities.

The afterschool Kid's Club is another example of community involvement from the Harbor Bay Club. It provides a supportive environment where children get help with their homework, play games, exercise and are safely escorted to and from lessons in other areas of the club. Harbor Bay Club staff pick up children from their individual schools, and this service will continue when the club moves to North Loop Road. This is an important service for families with two working parents, and many families in my community use the Harbor Bay Club for this purpose.



The Harbor Bay Club also employs many of Alameda's youth as Kid's Club counselors, summer camp counselors, swim instructors, lifeguards and Children's Center staff. An expanded club will be able to hire even more of our young people, providing first-time job experience or possibly career paths in the health-related industry. I know many families who have children who have worked at the club and still return for summer employment, gaining valuable work experience in the process.



The Harbor Bay Club is an integral part of Alameda and has a strong record of supporting our families and our children in many ways. I am grateful it is a part of the community where I live, and I look forward to these efforts continuing with the new club.

Jennifer Williams

New club to become a gem for the Island

I have been a member of the Harbor Bay Club for about 20 years, and it has been a great place to meet quality people working to improve and/or maintain their healthy bodies.

I'm really excited about the new Harbor Bay Club since there will be more space for all the various programs, larger pools for families and especially because they will add dedicated studios. I recently switched my Pilates workout to another facility because the current club didn't have the latest and best equipment for my workouts. I was thrilled to hear about dedicated Pilates, yoga and spinning studios at the new club.

From the perspective of a business person, I see that money can be better spent in building a new facility, instead of trying to upgrade an old building, especially one that is used long hours seven days a week by hundreds of people. Green construction techniques such as solar panels, water-saving showers and toilets, energy-efficient kitchen appliances and drought-resistant plants will make it easier and less expensive to keep up. This combined with growing the number of members in a larger facility means dues stay competitive.

The Harbor Bay Club is a positive place with great people working out all around you and a trained staff to help you when needed. A new club will be a gem for the city of Alameda and for everyone who uses the services.

Virginia Hayes

Lil always shares a lil', so thanks a lot

I would like to express my thanks and that of many Alamedans to Lil Arnerich, the former city councilman and director emeritus of the Alameda County Fair, for once again -- 14 years to be exact -- providing discount tickets to the fair.

Lil takes the time to benefit his community, and for this we say thanks.

Jerry Spencer

Shrieking excessive in women's tennis

There is no joy watching -- hearing -- women's tennis. The shrieking, grunting and screaming must be at least at 120 decibels. If you enjoy watching 90 minutes or more of this screaming noise, more power to you. I can't believe that the tennis associations allow this behavior. The sponsors should note that a lot of listeners mute or turn to another channel.

The moment I hear this racket, I change channels and read the results in the paper.

Ray Huntley

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