The Plain Township Aquatic Center will remain closed for the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to township officials.

A statement to the community, shared Thursday, May 28, by township administrator Ben Collins, said the trustees and township officials decided not to open the New Albany community’s pool facility at 7650 Swickard Woods Blvd. after considering guidance and requirements affecting swimming-pool operations in Franklin County.

Public and private swimming pools were among the facilities that had been permitted to start reopening May 26 with coronavirus-related modifications in place, per state orders announced by Gov. Mike DeWine.

“Regrettably, we have not found a path forward for operating the Plain Township swimming pool that would ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff while operating the pool in a manner that would provide an enjoyable experience for swimmers and their families,” the statement said.

“This was a tough decision, and Plain Township understands there will be disappointment with this decision,” Collins said. “After considering all the information available at this time, the board of trustees determined that it is in the best interest of the community to close the pool.”

Communities throughout central Ohio had to weigh opening their pools with an outlook of increased operational costs, reduced hours for their patrons, shorter hiring windows and recommendations from public-health agencies to stay closed, said New Albany spokesman Scott McAfee.

“Weighing all those risk/reward factors, it is easy to see why many decided not to open their pools this year,” he said.

The township plans to process refunds for all memberships and deposits, and refunds will be made via township check to the address provided on the membership application, the statement said. The township anticipates completing refund processing by July 1.

Residents may email updated mailing addresses to contact@plaintownship.org. For questions, call 614-855-2085 or use the township email address.

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