Lincoln Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson announced today that five city outdoor pools will open Monday, June 15:
Open swim sessions will be 90 minutes long and scheduled at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Capacities will be determined in part by physical distancing requirements and the city COVID-19 Risk Dial at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov. Signs will be posted when facilities are full.
Those planning to swim will have their temperatures checked, and staff will collect names and phone numbers in case contact tracing is needed. All swimmers will be required to shower in their swimsuits with soap before entering the pool deck. Swimmers will also be expected to wear face coverings while waiting to check in and to stay at least six feet away from others. High touch surfaces around the pool and in the bathhouse will be disinfected between sessions.
Programming offered at the pools will include weekly evening family swim sessions, evening water fitness classes, and possibly learn to swim classes. Details of these programs will be released later in the season. Private pool rentals will not be offered.
Swim and dive clubs will be able to use Woods Pool for conditioning and practice, and the schedule will be posted each morning at the pool. Parks and Recreation are reviewing USA Swimming and Diving recommendations to incorporate with local and state guidelines for operational procedures. Large events like the regional swim meets will not be held.
The four pools that will remain closed are Star City Shores, University Place, Highlands and Eden. The Trago Sprayground will also be closed.
"Outdoor public pools are an important part of summer life in Lincoln. We are pleased and excited to offer water recreation opportunities this summer and are committed to having the experiences be safe and fun," Johnson said.
For more information about public pools and other Lincoln Parks and Recreation programming, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov. More information on COVID-19 and the City's response is available at COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov.