Thu May 28, 2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Round Lake Area Park District will be keeping its pool and splash pad closed for the 2020 swim season. Everyone who purchased a season pass or registered for swim programs will be issued a full refund. Swim Pass refunds will be issued by check and will be sent out over the next two weeks from the Round Lake Area Park District. Swim lesson refunds will be issued through Jeff Ellis Management.
The Round Lake Area Park District Board and staff continue to put the health and safety of the community and staff at the forefront of the decisions made during this pandemic. The District has been faced with many difficult choices during the last 10 weeks such as cancelling events. "This decision was made in the interest of public safety and concern for our residents' and our staffs well-being. We know many people will be disappointed, but the Aquatics Center will be back in swing next summer. Safety and sanitation have to take priority, I hope our friends and neighbors understand why we had to make this difficult decision," said Paul Hollingsworth, Park Board President.
It takes approximately three to four weeks to prepare the pool for opening, which includes filling, treating the water, cleaning, setting up the facility, purchasing the necessary equipment and supplies, recruiting, hiring, and-training staff. This preseason setup also includes admissions and guest services be staff trained and prepared. During a regular summer season, the pool is filled, and staff are hired and trained by mid-May, but due to the stay-at-home order, we have been unable to start any of this necessary prep work. We are also currently waiting for a permit from the Illinois Department of Public Health to finish the repair work to the shell of the pool started last fall.
In addition, in order to operate the pool, staff and facility users will need to comply with social and physical distancing guidelines, gathering limits, and cleaning/disinfecting guidelines, many of which have yet to be fully developed for swimming pools, locker rooms and pool decks by our governing bodies. It is unclear how the pool would be able to open safely and still comply with the strict limits and protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
The Round Lake Area Park District is anxious to get back to a new "normal" so we can serve our residents again, but until that time, we must operate based on recommendations of state, local officials and the CDC. We take our responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 seriously and the safety and well-being of our residents and staff remains our highest priority as we seek to return to normalcy in the future.
We thank the community for their patience and understanding as we all navigate these difficult times.