A few years ago we informed readers that in the state of Washington, At least 8 King County pools offered sharia-compliant swims for Muslims – Three owned by the city of Seattle.
A reader shared feedback from an inquiry on the issue and related costs, albeit not in dollar terms.
21 January 2016
Thanks for your inquiry about women-only swims offered at Seattle Parks and Recreation pools.
We currently offer women-only swims at a few of our pools because public interest is sufficient to sustain those programs. There’s not enough public interest to sustain women-only swims at all our pools.
Because we don’t have the money to subsidize programs, we need every program to generate at least as much money as it costs us to run the program.
We would like to be able to offer more swim times, but logistics are difficult.
Because of cultural and privacy issues, women-only swim times can’t be scheduled back-to-back with other public programs that men might attend.
There also needs to be time to cover the windows. That means the pool has to schedule half-an-hour of unused/unusable time before and after each women-only time. So the sessions need to be scheduled at the end of the day.
During operating hours, each pool schedules multiple programs in order to use all of the water space, run a variety of programs, and maximize our ability to bring in revenue. There just isn’t time during the day or between programs to operate a women-only swim.
Participants attending the different pool programs cross paths coming and going between locker room and pool deck, so we’re unable to offer privacy during the day.
Another factor is that our pools are staffed by men and woman—it wouldn’t work to dismiss the male lifeguards and other male staff during the day in-between programs that they work.
It has already been a challenge to hire only female staff for our existing women-only swim times.
We’re received a few inquiries about men-only swims, and collected information on that, but so far there has been little community interest.
Thanks for your inquiry.
[redacted] Seattle Parks and Recreation
This is a microcosm of just some of the the costs and burdens of Islamization in the West.