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Posted on: June 30, 2020

Select City Pools & Splash Pads Opening Wednesday

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Recreation and Parks
June 30, 2020

Four city pools and six splash pads will open Wednesday, July 1. Bolton, Kimberley Park, Polo, and Parkland pools will open with attendance limitations and modified schedules and rules to ensure safety. They will offer a limited schedule of swim lessons. 

The splash pads at Hathaway, Little Creek, Nelson Malloy, Reynolds, Rupert Bell and Sedge Garden parks will also open July 1 and remain open daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Oct. 31.  Users are encouraged to practice social distancing.

Pools will have modified operating schedules to provide an opportunity to clean the pools during the day. In general, the pools will offer morning sessions for seniors, infants and those with compromised immune systems, and have early- and last-afternoon sessions for open swimming, with one-hour closures between sessions for cleaning. Specific days and hours vary by pool and are posted at

Social distancing will be required on pool decks and will limit capacity at each pool. Masks will be required to enter a pool bathhouse and patrons should come and leave in their swimsuits to reduce the need to change on site. Concession stands will be closed but patrons will be allowed to bring food and eat at their towels on the pool deck. The city’s life jacket and swim test policy, posted online, will be in effect.

Free level 1 and level 2 swim lessons will be available this year. All swim lessons will require a parent in the water with the child. Parents will work with their children under the guidance of the swim instructor. Two 2-week sessions will be offered, starting July 6 and July 30. Register at the pool of your choice. Complete details about swim lessons and the rest of the city’s aquatics program are posted at

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