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Ripon city, school district getting along swimmingly using pool
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RIPON – In 2002, the City of Ripon entered into a joint-use agreement with the Ripon Unified School District on the Ripon Community Aquatic Center.

At tonight’s meeting, Council members are expected to extend the original 10-year pact that expired last month to an additional 10 years.

The new pact would bond both agencies on the community pool that now honors the memory of Ervin Zador through June 18, 2022.

Zador was a 1956 Olympic Hungarian water polo gold medalist during the Melbourne Games. He’s best remembered from the news photograph of blood pouring down his face in the “Blood in the Water” game against Russia.

In the last years of his life, Zador was instrumental in helping young people in Ripon both in and out of the pool.

The Ripon aquatics program consists of year-round swimming for people of all ages. The Ripon Sea Lions are made of a youngsters competing in the Mid Valley Swim League.

A masters program, swim lessons, lap swimming, and public swimming are also available.

“The purpose of this agreement is to provide for the joint use of the Ripon Community Aquatic Center and for joint programming of selected classes and activities offered by the city and district and RCAC,” the pact said.

Both groups, in addition, would continue to share a common power, namely, the provision of educational, athletic and recreational programs for RUSD students along with community members, according to the agreement.