Marion Pool to Remain Closed for 2020 Season
After careful review of CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines, and in consultation with the Marion Park Board and community leaders, the City of Marion has made the decision to keep the Marion Pool closed for the 2020 season.
“This was not an easy decision as we pride ourselves on providing excellent recreational opportunities to residents. But with the health and well-being of our patrons and staff at the forefront, we believe this is the most responsible course of action,” said Marion Parks and Recreation Director Mike Carolan.
For the last several weeks, Parks and Recreation staff have studied public health guidance, explored multiple scenarios, and sought the advice of state and national associations to come to this decision.
“The unfortunate reality is that the potential for exposure to COVID-19 still exists, and many of the protocols put into place as the community starts to reopen are difficult to achieve in a public pool setting,” said Carolan. “With the information that is currently available, the safety risks outweigh the rewards. We are not confident that we could provide staff with adequate training and protection, enforce the existing social distancing requirements, and achieve heightened sanitization protocols without having to severely limit capacity.”
Additionally, with other neighboring pools already announcing their closure, limited capacity issues would be even more problematic.
Staff will continue to work to create other appropriate recreation opportunities for the community to enjoy this summer.
A decision on the opening of the City’s splash pads is expected in the coming weeks.