City Pool ready for 2021 season

The City Pool is ready to welcome back visitors for the 2021 summer season.

The City Park Pool and Splash Zone opens for its second summer season Memorial Day weekend. The Park Board is hoping for a good turnout at the Saturday noon opening time, swim-suited and ready for a day of play and relaxation, similar to when it opened its doors for the first time back in 2020.

The $3.3 million dollar facility held its grand opening on June 14, 2020 and, despite opening in the midst of a pandemic, the aquatic center’s first season went fairly well, according to Director of Parks and Recreation Chad Speer.

“It’s the best year we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Speer said, who’s been working with the Park Board for 14 or 15 years. He adds that the busy 2020 season was a little surprising, seeing as it began right in the middle of a pandemic.

In order to keep the pool open, Speer and the rest of the Park Board complied with CDC guidelines, which meant keeping capacity at 250, which is half-capacity, and removing patio furniture to avoid any sanitation concerns. Guests were allowed to bring their own chairs if they preferred.

Now, however, they are only limiting capacity to what is safe and comfortable for their 12 lifeguards and pool guests. According to Speer, 300 is their estimated manageable capacity.

Guests may also use the pool’s patio furniture instead of bringing their own, unlike last year when COVID-19 and sanitation concerns prevented the use of the pool’s furniture. Speer says that now that they know more about the virus, they’re not as concerned about the spread of it through contact with other surfaces, however the patio furniture will be cleaned daily in the evenings. Guests are free to bring sanitation wipes and clean the surfaces before using them.

Speer isn’t sure what to expect this season, now that COVID-19 safety measures are lifting and families are more comfortable traveling again, not to mention the 7-10 vacation day shortage due to schools letting out for the summer break a week later than usual.

“I don’t know what to expect, but we’re hopeful for a similar season to last year,” Speer said.

The City Park pool is scheduled to open Saturday, May 29 at noon. The concession stand will not be open until Monday. The daily fee for 2 years of age and under is free; 3 years of age and older costs $5.

Family passes are available at $90 for up to 6 people, any additional people will cost $25. Individuals can purchase a season pass for $40.

The pool will be open Monday to Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Splash Pad will be open until 9 p.m. unless the pool has been rented out for the evening.