Options exist for taking a cool dip in Dublin
Dublin residents will be able to beat the heat this summer at some local pools.
On June 26, the Dublin Community Pool South, 6363 Woerner Temple Road, opened.
However, the Dublin Community Pool North, 5660 Dublinshire Drive, will not open this year. It is undergoing renovation and replacement.
The lap pool inside the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road, opened June 26 for those with recreation center memberships.
The city also is pursuing an agreement with the Club at Corazon, 7155 Corazon Drive, for Dublin residents to get access to its pool.
Matt Earman, Dublin's parks-and-recreation-services director, said the agreement was expected to be complete soon.
Jon Krachenfels, owner of the Club at Corazon, said access to pools is difficult now, and guidelines necessary to make swimming safe during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic compound that.
Krachenfels said he was happy to work with Dublin to help its residents.
The swimming options come with restrictions and guidelines designed to help swimmers stay safe during the pandemic.
Residents must register ahead of time to swim at any of the locations. They may do so at dublinohiousa.gov/recreation-services, Earman said.
Each of the facilities will take people's temperatures upon entry, he said.
The South Pool has a capacity of 115 swimmers during the pandemic, Earman said. Residents may register online for three-hour time blocks.
The pool area will be cleaned between each swimming time block.
Shower facilities, changing areas and water fountains will be closed.
High-contact areas, such as slides and diving boards, also will remain closed for now.
Concession stands will have a limited selection of prepackaged items.
Any pool employees who are not on lifeguard duty will be required to wear masks, and it is recommended guests wear a face covering when entering or exiting the facility or interacting near other guests.
People are not required to wear masks while swimming.
The recreation center's lap pool will be open for 10 swimmers per time block.
City employees are going to assess the success of that limit and may at some point increase capacity to 20 lap swimmers per time block.
Mask expectations will be the same at the lap pool as those at the South Pool.
Earman said the city hopes to develop a modified-use plan for the leisure pool in the next two weeks.
Although Corazon's pool will accommodate up to 50 people per four-hour time block, priority will be given to those with club memberships, Earman said.
He said the city would pay Corazon about $24,000 for additional costs for staffing, utilities and chemicals associated with non members.
"We are trying to exercise every avenue we can to expand the opportunities to serve the community," Earman said.