Wooster City Aquatic Facilities – Summer 2020 Operations

Submitted by ashley.brillhart on Mon, 05/18/2020 - 4:58pm

The City Administration and Recreation staff have had many discussions internally regarding aquatic facility operations for this Summer, and have been evaluating many options. We have followed and will continue to follow the State of Ohio and Governor's orders in regards to aquatic facility guidelines.

As with all City services, these types of decisions are not taken lightly. Our first priority is the safety and health of our community. We have made the decision to open Freedlander Pool with a projected opening date of June 15 however, due to the need for expanded health and safety measures and the delay in guidance for aquatic facility regulations, Christmas Run Pool will remain closed this summer. Knights Field Sprayground will also be closed, as outdoor waterparks remain on the Ohio Department of Health Continued Business Closures list. We recognize the popularity and benefits of all three of our aquatic facilities to our citizens, and understand the desire for re-opening facilities for a sense of "normalcy".  At the same time, we are responsible to our citizens to consider and protect their health and safety and adequately comply with the state's orders.

Freedlander Pool will be open seven days a week from Noon-9:30pm beginning Monday, June 15 through Saturday, August 15. Maximum facility capacity will be reduced to allow for appropriate social distance between users and based on considerations for available deck area as well as pool surface area. Deck layouts are being revised in standing and seating areas so users can remain at least 6 feet apart from others and spaces will be marked off within the facility to reflect these distancing measures. Users will be asked to pre-register for two-hour time slots and will be required to sign a one-time waiver, per family, prior to entry. A half an hour between each time slot will be set aside for cleaning and disinfecting purposes. Users entering the facility together must be from the same household, groups may not be any bigger than ten, and every child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caretaker aged 16 or older. There will be one point of entry into the facility and one point of exit out of the facility. Signage will be placed throughout the facility reminding users about social distancing, State of Ohio social distancing guidelines and any additional guidelines we have put into place at our facility. 

Please check the City of Wooster’s website and social media for updates on admission rates, time slot reservations, and facility policies. Questions regarding City of Wooster aquatic facilities can be directed to the Recreation Department at (330)263-5207 or recreation@woosteroh.com.

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