Pool Reopening FAQ
As you’ll remember, we were unable to open either pool last summer as we were at the height of a world-wide pandemic. We did not feel confident that pools could be provided safely without potentially endangering the health of participants and staff because very little was known at that time about COVID-19. Since that time, staff has been working to evaluate if and how we might be able to offer outdoor swimming opportunities in 2021.
While keeping the Restore Illinois Plan guidelines at the forefront of our planning for this summer, we are hopeful that we will be able to allow residents to swim at one pool this summer.
Please take a moment to review the following Frequently Asked Questions that will explain more about the District’s plan for the summer.
A. Yes. Reservations will be required in order to insure that mandated capacity limits are met. Residents will be able to sign up one week in advance giving everyone an opportunity to sign up. If spots are still available, nonresidents can sign up three days in advance.
No. Due to strict capacity limits that will significantly restrict the number of visitors allowed in the pool, pool passes will not be sold this summer. Residents who purchased a pool pass will receive a household credit. You may also request a refund in the same method in which you originally paid by contacting registration [at] epd.org.
Final pricing will be determined as summer nears and we have a better understanding of the restrictions and capacity limitations that will be mandated.
Proposed hours for East End Pool are 5:30-9:30 a.m. for morning swim and 12:00-7:00 p.m. for open swim. The morning session will be broken into one-hour time slots and the afternoon session will be two-hour time slots with half hour breaks to allow staff to properly clean and disinfect the facility. Proposed hours for Smalley Pool are 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. The spray ground will be open for two-hour blocks from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hours may be adjusted as necessary as more becomes known about conditions this summer.
No. The District wants to be able to provide as many spots in the pool to the greatest amount of people that guidelines will allow for. As a result, at this time, due to social distancing requirements and capacity limits, the District is not planning to run swim lessons or other aquatic programs. However, as more becomes known about conditions this summer, enhancements to the schedule at East End may be possible.
The District will continue to provide access to parks and facilities according to the Restore Illinois Plan. This includes 18 playgrounds, a skate park, and the Wilder Park Conservatory. We will once again offer a number of camp options in addition to traditional programming such as sports, dance, gymnastics, and early childhood. Community events will take place throughout the summer as well, and kids and families will be able to play at The Hub at Berens Park where they can take advantage of miniature golf, batting cages, and the spray ground.