Are the pools opening this summer?
Outdoor pools will not open for the 2020 season. Everyone who purchased a season pass will be able to carry the pass over to use during the 2021 season.
It takes approximately five weeks to prep the pools for opening, which includes filling and treating the water; cleaning and setting up the facility; recruiting, hiring, and training more than 100 lifeguards; onboarding admissions and guest services staff; and purchasing the necessary equipment and supplies. In a normal year, the pool is filled and guards are hired and trained by mid-May, but due to the stay-at-home order, staff has been unable to start any of the necessary prep work.
In addition, in order to operate East End and Smalley Pools, staff would need to comply with social distancing guidelines, gathering limits, and cleaning/disinfecting guidelines, many of which have yet to be fully developed for swimming pools. It was unclear how the pools would be able to open safely and still comply with those strict limits and protocols issued by the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health, and therefore the decision was made to remain closed. This closure also means that swim lessons and aquatic programs will not be held this summer.