There are only a few more weeks to swim at the Lakeview Town Pool, as its final day will be Saturday, Sept. 5, from 12 – 5 p.m.
This is a week later than normal, as the Town Pool normally closes the week before Labor Day weekend due to many families and children attending the Lake County Fair and Round-Up. With limited on-site events this year, it was decided that the last day would be extended. Pool Mgr. Clare Collins is leaving shortly thereafter for college at BYU-Idaho. Also children, including many of the lifeguards, will be going back to school on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Collins said that this year has been awesome and that many days the pool has been full of people. She also said that everyone practiced social distancing, and very few people had to be reminded to follow the social distancing rules. Collins was happy that people followed the new rules, even during lap swim, which saw larger crowds than normal throughout the summer.
During the lap swim groups that came together stayed in their own lane, which was one of the new requirements due to COVID. This did not cause issues, as was feared when the pool first opened, as families stayed together and did not use all the lanes.
Niki Taylor, Lakeview Town council member, said that she heard from many people that they were grateful the pool was open for the summer.
“This was one of the best water years we have had in the last few years. It has been warm and clean,” said Taylor.
Both Collins and Taylor have been thrilled by the response from the community, including businesses making donations to the pool. This included two businesses that supplied free swimming through a daily pass or a donation that allowed one day a week.
Collins was happy with her lifeguards and described them as awesome. She said they have done a wonderful job even with all the new rules and restrictions. This included having to wear face masks while on duty at their station. Collins would like to come back and be the pool manager next summer and hopes that many of her lifeguards return as well.
Taylor was happy with how the pool did this year financially. Over the past couple of years the pool has been a bit of a drain on the Town budget, not quite making up its expenses throughout the summer. Even with the later start Taylor believes that this will be one of the best years, in terms of money, that the pool has had, even if without a swim team.
Taylor believes the lack of swim team and competitions helped bring a lot more young people to lap swim, as the youth that would normally participate in swim team had more time to train and do laps on their own.
The Town Pool is open Tuesday – Friday from 12 – 8 p.m. and Saturday from 12 – 5 p.m.
For more information call 541-947-2020.