According to a document published by Plano Parks and Recreation, the city’s outdoor swimming pools will not open for the summer of 2020. A City of Plano press release explained that enforcement of physical distancing, hiring and training a sufficient number of lifeguards willing to work in this environment, and the cost of adding employees to constantly sanitize are all challenges that prohibit the opening of outdoor pools at this time.
The following recreation centers and indoor pools will open June 1 with limited hours only for individuals with a Parks and Rec membership:
- Plano Aquatic Center
- Carpenter Park Recreation Center and indoor pool
- Liberty Recreation Center
- Oak Point Recreation Center and indoor pool
- Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center and indoor pool
Access at these facilities will be limited only to the walking/running track, fitness area (without use of free weights) and lap swimming. According to the release, indoor pools are allowed to open for lap swimming because of the ability to better control the environment and because there would be no need to hire additional staff, saving the City more than $600,000.
The decision to allow entry for non-members into the recreation facilities will be evaluated on June 15.
“We cannot say it enough—the health of our patrons and employees are our first priority,” said Susie Hergenrader, Recreation Services Manager. “Every decision we make is in consideration of the well-being of those most important to us – our members and our employees. We want to be sure the approach we take is thoughtful, and is one that provides a safe environment for all upon opening.”Download the Plano Parks and Recreation FAQs >
Editor’s note: This story was updated with more information provided the City of Plano.