Clear Lake Aquatic Center Will Not Open in 2020
Posted on Friday May 22, 2020
Clear Lake Aquatic Center will not open in 2020

Clear Lake Aquatic Center will not open in 2020

Clear Lake Parks & Recreation Director Randy Miller and City Administrator Scott L. Flory have announced that the City of Clear Lake’s Aquatic Center will not open for 2020.  The decision follows Governor Kim Reynold’s announcement from earlier in the week in which she allowed pools to open, but for lap swimming and swimming lessons only

“The decision was incredibly difficult and one I agonized over greatly, but the Governor’s recent re-openings announcement does not enable the City to “fully” open the Aquatic Center”, stated Miller.  City Administrator Scott L. Flory stated that “this decision was not made lightly, given the popularity of the Aquatic Center as a summertime activity; and it was made out of, not only an abundance of caution for public health, but also budgetary and staffing challenges.  Because of the significant fixed costs associated with preparing an Aquatic Center like ours to open, it would not be financially practical to offer a shortened season even if that remote possibility were to be in the cards.”

“Even if the Governor were to subsequently lift restrictions on “fully” opening the aquatic center, beyond just for lessons and lap swimming, it would require nearly 3 weeks to get the pool ready and at that point hiring adequate staff for the facility would be a challenge with a shortened pool season and anticipated social distancing requirements would likely greatly diminish capacity.  There are simply far too many obstacles and uncertainties at this point”, stated Miller.

“We held out as long as we could in making a decision (many other area communities have already announced they would not open for 2020) and we simply couldn’t delay any longer.  We have seasonal employees interested in working at the Aquatic Center and we just couldn’t ask them to defer other prospective employment opportunities and continue to wait to see if we would be able to “fully” open the Aquatic Center at some future date that has proven to be quite elusive.” stated Flory.

Anyone who purchased a 2020 season pass to the Aquatic Center will be contacted about receiving a refund or transferring that to the 2021 season.

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