LOUISBURG — The Louisburg Aquatic Center will open to the public this summer as soon as the pool can be readied and lifeguards trained after action was taken by the Louisburg City Council at a special meeting Tuesday, May 26.
The current plan is to open the aquatic center at noon Friday, June 12, and close for the season at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16.
In a 3-2 vote, with council members Donna Cook and Sandy Harris casting the dissenting votes, the council moved to open the facility with some restrictions for social distancing but no time limitations.
The pool may be more popular than ever this summer.
The Spring Hill City Council voted Thursday, May 28, not to open the Spring Hill Aquatic Center for the summer due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a post on the city’s website.
“Numerous factors went into this extremely difficult decision, the priority being the safety and well-being of our patrons and teenage and young adult staff,” according to the post.
The city of Paola has already announced that the Paola Family Pool will not open this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ozone, the USD 367 sports and fitness center in Osawatomie, resumed regular hours and operations on Monday, June 1, according to a post on the Ozone’s Facebook page. The reopening includes the indoor pool facility.
The opening date for the outdoor pool, the Ozone Family Aquatic Park, could not be confirmed Tuesday, June 2. Ozone officials previously announced as part of the facility’s reopening plan that the outdoor aquatic park is expected to open this summer.
At the Louisburg Aquatic Center, guests will be asked to maintain social distancing while waiting in lines to enter and exit the pool and to use the slides and diving board. Neither pool guests nor pool employees will be required to wear a mask, according to a city news release.
All pool guests will be required to purchase a $25 pool pass for each person. There will be no family passes or daycare passes sold this season, the council decided.
Passes went on sale to Miami County residents starting Monday, June 1, at City Hall, 215 S. Broadway St. Passes must be purchased in person. Photos will be taken of each person at that time for identification purposes. Persons will be required to swipe their own pass each time they enter the pool. Children ages 2 and under will not be required to get a pass. Seniors 65 and over will need a pass but those will be issued at no cost. Lap swim-only passes will be required but are issued at no cost, according to the city.
Pool passes are only available for residents living in Miami County, according to the city. Proof of county residency, with a current utility bill or driver’s license, must be shown to purchase a pass.
The council also voted to not open the concession stand this summer and to not provide deck chairs. Guests must bring their own deck chairs. Council members determined there is not a good way to sanitize the chairs between uses by different persons, according to the release.
The pool will undergo more extensive cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting prior to the pool’s daily opening and at closing each night.
The council also decided that all guests ages 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Earlier this spring, the pool’s slides were repainted and had a new application of gel coating applied to the insides of the slides. A contractor is currently replacing the guttering system.
The pool will maintain regular hours of noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, with lap swim from 8 to 9 p.m., and from noon to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more information about purchasing pool passes, aquatic center rules, lap swim and pool party information, see the city’s website at louisburgkansas.gov.