AQUATIC CENTER CLOSED FOR 2020
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The Board of Park Commissioners met in special session on Wednesday, May 20th to review and discuss summer plans for the Aquatic Center. Last week, Governor Mike DeWine announced that swimming pool and aquatic centers could open on May 26th, providing they could follow the Guidelines in Responsible Restart Ohio as well as the CDC rules pertaining to Aquatic venues. These guidelines set strict limits on pool capacity, cleaning routines and rules on maintaining social distance throughout the pool deck as well as in the water.
Park District staff have reviewed the limitations and outlined the modifications necessary as they relate to our specific venue. If we were to open for 2020, we would be required to make the following changes:
" The maximum capacity
of our facility, based on our pool surface area , must be reduced from
our current limit of 1,700 down to 137.
Taking these changes into consideration, updated projections were provided by Park District staff on attendance, revenue and expenses. The Aquatic Center is projected to lose in excess of $100,000 this season.
It was a very difficult decision and one that was not taken lightly. While the potential financial loss was an important determining factor, the health and safety of our customers and staff remains our top priority during this pandemic. Therefore, the Lake Park Aquatic Center will remain closed for the 2020 season. Any season pass purchased during our Pre-Season sale last December will be automatically carried over to 2021. We thank you for understanding and look forward to serving you next summer. Stay safe.