CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — Following updated guidance from the state, the town last week announced it will open the Barney Road and Country Knolls swimming pools July 4.
Due to the late start to the swimming season resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the required number of life guards could not be guaranteed for all three of the town-owned pools. Consequently the Locust Lane pool will remain closed for 2020.
New guidelines in place have forced changes to normal pool polices. Only daily passes will be available and the number of people allowed within the pool grounds at one time will be less than the normal capacity limits allow. Use of some of the pool features will not be allowed and protective masks will be required upon entry.
It has been the custom for many years that the three town pools open annually on Memorial Day weekend and close immediately following the Labor Day holiday. When it became clear to town officials in early May that the swimming pools would not be able to open at the end of the month, it was decided to postpone opening day to July 1, using that date as a placeholder.
During the delay town staff conducted general maintenance and repair projects on the pools to ensure they were ready to open while monitoring any and all changes to the state’s policy.
Once it became clear that the pools would be allowed to open in July, the team at town hall began contacting the lifeguards hired in February to confirm they would be able to return. Preparations to fill the pools, order supplies, establish new protocols for operating, and many other vital tasks were undertaken at this time also. Based on the number of pool life guards who have committed to return, only two pools will open.
The announcement from the town that the pools were opening stated that their schedules, standard operational procedures and new rules would significantly change the dynamics of the pool experience.
“Our goal is to provide the best possible experience for Clifton Park families under the restrictive conditions we must follow,” the announcement stated. “The young men and women who work at the pools along with our management team will be adjusting to some different operational elements and they also will need your cooperation.”
Daily pass tickets may be purchased between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Parks and Recreation Department in town hall. The passes can be used for any day the pool is open. Day passes are $5 per person; children five and under are free.
Due to capacity limitations only Clifton Park residents will be able to purchase tickets. The town is requesting that residents buying tickets have identification available.
All policies for the use of the pools will be continually reassessed as new guidelines from the state are established.
For pool guidelines and hours of operation see the town website at: www.cliftonpark.org.