Community pools in Lafayette re-open

Dozens of people enjoyed the warm weather and spending time with family this holiday weekend. Community pools are now open since stage three of Governor Eric Holcomb's back on track plan is in full force. Although due to COVID-19 several provision have been made.

Posted: May 25, 2020 4:35 PM
Updated: May 25, 2020 8:07 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Castaway Bay in Lafayette is welcoming patrons back to the community pool but only at half capacity, which for this facility is 175 people.

"This year we don't have any deck chairs on the deck," said Pool Manager Emily Norris. "We don't have life jackets out, so all of that is being checked out by lifeguards and lifeguard managers here at Castaway Bay."

Along with that workers are disinfecting frequently touched areas around the pool every 30 minutes. Lifeguards are now taking breaks outside since their break room is too small to properly socially distqance themselves. Management at Castaway has also created some guidelines for visitors.

"We have asked that households that do not live together to stay a part from one another on the deck as well as in the pool which everyone has done really well with," said Norris. 

For visitor Brice Freeman those guidelines are easy to follow. He said it's exciting being able to enjoy the weather and have family time.

"It feels pretty nice actually," said Freeman. "Considering everything that has been going on. It's a good way for all of the kids and grown-ups to get out with their families."

It was clear these kids felt the same way.

"Feels good I've been stuck in my house for quite awhile so feels good to get some fresh air," said Gabriel. 

"This winter was pretty cold and I'm excited to come back because today is a nice day and I've been waiting to swim all winter," said Mason. 

Since Tropicanoe Cove is considered a water park the facility will not open until June 14th and even then it will only be at half capacity.

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