Pool opens, ready for swimmers

Alivia Hamrick, l-r, pool manager and Claire Collins, are excited about the upcoming swim season at the Lakeview Town pool which opens on Thursday, July 2.

Lakeview Town swimming pool will open on Thursday, July 2, with pool managers excited about the upcoming year, even with all the uncertainty around it.

Clare Collins, assistant manager, and Alivia Hamrick, manager, are excited about the pool opening up for the summer despite the social distancing rules, the lack of swim lessons or swim team at this year’s pool. They are happy that the pool is opening up for the community.

“I wanted to become a leader this year, I was assistant manager last year, and I want to make some improvements,” said Hamrick.

Hamrick is looking to make sure that staffing levels are accurate and that no one is stressed out with the new rules in place. As there is now a new social distance monitor, Isabel Moss, to make sure that people follow the rules, and keep surfaces sanitized.

Hamrick is excited not only about Collins being her assistant manager, she is happy with her staff and the experience they bring to the table. Many of them are experienced from previous years and were glad to hear about the pool being reopened.

This is Collins first year of being the assistant manager, she was a lifeguard for the past four years and that has made her feel ready to take the next step. She wants to be an elementary school teacher in the future and she said that this job will help her with that, as she will learn how to enforce rules on a consistent basis.

She knows that this year is different from previous years due to the rules related to COVID, including social distancing and not allowing more than 60 people at the pool at a time. She is thrilled that the pool is able to be open, even if for a shorten season. She said that the major issue she sees will be to make sure that little kids follow the social distance rules and stick with their group and not interact with outside groups at the pool. She feels confident that education will help to make sure that everything runs smoothly.

“It is super exciting, for many kids this is their only source of entertainment during the summer,” said Collins.

There have been some rule changes with the pool opening, this includes the changing stalls will not be open. People will not be allowed to leave items they have brought in the restrooms or locker rooms. Everyone will have to come dressed ready to swim, though in each bathroom there will be one shower stall available for people to take a shower. The Town is encouraging people to take a shower at home if possible. The showers have been repainted and new LED lightbulbs have been installed to give them a fresh look.

Children under 10 years old will not be allowed in unless there is someone 12 years and older to supervise them. Parents are encouraged to talk to their kids before arriving at the pool about social distancing and to stay with family or their group. If one person from the group gets out to rest on the deck, the rest of the group in the pool will have to do the same.

While masks are not required, people wearing masks can’t wear them while in the water. The Town is asking that if people have any of the following symptoms to please not to come to the pool: fever in the last 72 hours, an abnormal cough, shortness of breath, body aches or chills, sore throat, loss of smell, or been exposed to someone who has COVID in the last two weeks.

A major change this year is that the pool will not be loaning swim toys, goggles, flippers, kickboards or lifejackets. Families can bring their own, non-inflatable, swim tools with them.

Lap swim is limited to one person per a lane, though families can share the same lane at the same time. It will be on a first serve, first come basis, and if there is a crowd waiting then there could be a 30 minute time limit or a reservation system implemented.

Yearly swim passes are available at Town Hall or the swimming pool. This year they are $200 for a family pass and $100 for an individual. The Town will not be issuing refunds if the pool needs to be closed for whatever reason.

The hours of operation will be Tuesday – Friday 12 – 8 p.m. and Saturday 12 – 5 p.m. Lap swim will be from 12 – 1 p.m. and open swim from 1 – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday will feature water aerobics and lap swim from 5 – 6 p.m. and open swim from 6 – 8 p.m.

For more information call 541-947-2020.

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