Pool Season is Here!

Dear KRA Membership,

The sun is finally out and Opening Weekend is here! Welcome to the Summer of '17! 

The KRA Board and the summer staff are working hard to ensure that this is the best summer yet at our club. If you’re a new member, we are so glad you’ve chosen Kanawha and hope you’ll take advantage of all our offerings.

I’m a numbers guy so I’ll give a kick off update with some data to give an idea of the energy that goes into making each summer season come to life at KRA. 

Your Kanawha Recreation Association (KRA) has more than 550 members with 23 new members and 42 honorary members.  Running this fantastic neighborhood association requires:

12 - Volunteer KRA Board members

2 - Full-time and 1 Part-time club management staff

16 - Lifeguards

19 - Groundskeepers

5 - Front Gate Attendants

1 - Swim Team Head Coach

5 - Swim Team Assistant Coaches

1 - Head Swim Lesson Instructor

1 – Dive Team Head Coach

5 – Dive Team Assistant Coaches

1 - Tennis Director

3 - Tennis Assistants

1 - Snack Bar Manager and Staff 

4 - Adult Swim Program Coaches

40+ - Adults in Adult Swim Program 


The KRA Aquatics staff will organize and coach more than:

200 - Youth swimmers and divers

6 - Swim Meets

5 - Dive Meets

8 - Group Lessons and many Swim Clinics


The KRA Tennis Program will lead more than:

25 – Youth and Adult Tennis Teams

2 - Camps and a myriad of Clinics


The KRA staff, Board and social committee will host:

6 - Social events including the Opening Night Party, Opening Day, Schools Out Celebration, Ladies Night, July 4th Celebration, and Labor Day Celebration. 

In addition, we are interested in your ideas to host more social events at KRA!


Eight-Lane Pool Update for Summer of ‘18

In addition to all this, we also are moving forward with steps to make the Summer of '18 even better with the completion of our new eight-lane pool. The appearance of that area of the club will basically remain the same but the competition pool will be two lanes wider. The staggered decking area, affectionately known as "Splinter Beach", will be rebuilt and will be pushed out closer to the basketball court. We are working diligently to stay within our already conservative budget and achieve the goal of a brand new eight-lane pool. We expect demolition and construction to begin just after Labor Day when the pools close for the season.

We hope to see you all at the Opening Night Party on Friday, May 26 at the Pavilion and then on Saturday, Opening Day a.k.a. Free Hot Dog Day!

We’re looking forward to a safe, fun summer season. As always, please feel to reach out to me or any KRA Board member with questions or concerns.

Karl Kratzer

KRA Board President