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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Denison Aquatic Center-Outdoor pool reopening

Denison Aquatic Center-Outdoor pool reopening

Last night at the Denison City Council meeting, they gave approval to Denison Parks & Rec director Brian Kempfert, who plans to open up the outdoor pool. Here's the Aquatic Centers statement on what some of their changes are moving forward. Audio interview with Brian attached.


We were given the go-ahead to open the outdoor pool, beginning Thursday, June 18th!
However, it will be operating differently for the time being.
There are also some changes to the indoor pool operations as well.

OUTDOOR POOL
To help encourage social distancing, we are going to be starting out by offering 1 ½ hour time slots and allowing 75 people per time slot.
We want to serve as many people as we can so that is why we are limiting it to 1.5-hour time slots. We are going to ask that people only come for one-time slot per day so more people can enjoy the pool.
No reservations. First come first served. Please call ahead if you so choose to make sure of availability. Also, please be aware of the time when you come (i.e. if you come at 1:30 you will still only be allowed to stay until 2:00).

Outdoor pool time slots are going to roughly be:
Thursday- Monday (closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
12:30-2:00
2:00-3:30
3:30-5:00
5:00-6:30

We are hoping that this is temporary and will be reassessing frequently. We just ask that everyone remains patient and understand that this is new for us as well, and we all need to continue to work together to get through this unfamiliar time.

No 3 month passes, pay by the day.
Pricing: 5 & under Free, everyone else is $2
We ask that everyone please bring exact change to limit the amount of money being exchanged.

To use the outdoor pool, we are asking people to enter and exit through the concessions stand gate to limit the number of people in and out of the locker rooms and our lobby area.
Indoor pool users can still enter through the main doors.

Deck chairs – We are currently not offering deck chairs but will re-assess as the summer progresses. We encourage people to bring their own.

Locker rooms remain restroom use only. So please come in your swimsuit and leave in your swimsuit.

We will continue to disinfect surfaces on a regular basis. But encourage patrons to bring hand sanitizer.

Concessions will be open but limited to prepackaged food only. So, no hot food will be available.

INDOOR POOL
Indoor pool will be open Monday-Friday 7:00am-6:30pm.
Indoor pool will be closed Saturday & Sunday.

We are going to continue to have the indoor pool operating the way it currently is. ONLY lap swimming, water walking, and water exercise; no horseplay/rec swimming/"fun" swimming. However, we are not going to have appointments or time limits and encourage people to maintain social distancing.

We tend to have a lot of patrons in the upper age bracket use the indoor pool, and a lot of them are cautious of looking out for their well being. A lot of them depend on the pool to stay physically active or for therapy reasons, and we want to be able to continue to offer them a place where they feel safe.

This will also help us control where patrons are at.

If it rains, then the option of letting people use the indoor pool will not be available this summer.

Locker rooms remain restroom use only. So please come in your swimsuit and leave in your swimsuit.

We will continue to disinfect surfaces on a regular basis. But encourage patrons to bring hand sanitizer.

SWIMMING LESSONS
Since we are currently not offering group swimming lessons a lot of our instructors are book solid with private lessons. Please call and we will get you added to our list. We will be reassessing group lessons in the coming weeks.

Again, we are hoping that this is all temporary and will be reassessed frequently. We just ask that everyone remains patient and understand that this is new for us as well, and we all need to continue to work together to get through this unfamiliar time.

Thank you for our patience and understanding and we’ll see you at the pool!

 

Denison Parks and Rec Director, Brian Kempfert
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