Area residents will soon be able to take a dip in the city of Cartersville’s pools. Delaying their opening due to the coronavirus, Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department is projecting July 11 to be the first day of summer fun at its Aubrey Street Pool, Dellinger Park Pool and Senior Aquatic Center.
“We’re hopeful that we see a good turnout with us opening the pools,” said Megan Hix, aquatics manager for Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department. “Obviously, there are people who don’t feel as comfortable because of the COVID situation, but we’re hopeful that we do get to see a lot of people come back to our facilities and enjoy them and have some sense of normalcy again — as much as possible at least.
“But it is a disappointment that we weren’t able to do the programming, because we will not be offering swim lessons, swim team, pool parties — anything of that nature, at least this season. We’re extremely hopeful to be able to do that next season. But, of course, who can predict the future on that.”
To meet social distancing and sanitization guidelines, the pools will open to limited capacity and will feature swim sessions — two-and-a-half-hour increments at Aubrey Street and Dellinger Park and one-and-a-half-hour increments at the Senior Aquatic Center.
According to the department’s Facebook page, “Patrons must exit the pool and leave the gate after each time block for a 30-minute break. This will allow us to clean and sanitize the pool area during the closure and in between sessions. Patrons can pay to reenter after the pool area is cleaned for another time block if desired.”
The CPRD’s website states the outdoor pools’ schedules will be: Until Aug. 2 — Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 3:30 p.m., 4 to 6:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m.; Aug. 9 to Sept. 6 — Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 3:30 p.m., 4 to 6:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Closed on Mondays, the pools will be open Labor Day, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m.
For each session, capacity will be limited to 125 patrons at the Dellinger Park Pool, 36 people at Aubrey Street Pool and 15 at the Senior Aquatic Center. In the past, Hix shared Dellinger Park featured about 200 patrons at one time and Aubrey Street drew an average of 60.
Entry fees for the outdoor pools will be $2 per visit for ages 3 to 12, $3 for 13 and older and free for 2 and younger. CPRD will not be offering seasonal pool passes or $5 daily passes this year. The Dellinger Park Pool and Aubrey Street Pool are situated at 100 Pine Grove Road and 135 Aubrey St., respectively.
CPRD also will not be providing concessions or pool furniture, such as lounge chairs and picnic tables, but patrons can bring their own equipment if desired.
Located at Sam Smith Park — 1155 Douthit Ferry Road — the Senior Aquatic Center will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., noon to 1:30 p.m., 2 to 3:30 p.m., 4 to 5:30 p.m., 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., 3 to 4:30 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m.
“We do hope that we see families again and bring a sense of normalcy to their lives as shortened as it is this year,” Hix said about the approaching pool season. “… We’re doing the best we can with what we can. Ultimately, we want to be able to still provide a service to the community and to maintain their safety as well as our staff’s.”
For more information, visit www.cityofcartersville.org or contact Hix at 770-607-6527 or email@example.com.