The New Haven and Adams Township Park Board met May 11th to discuss the 2020 summer season for Jury Pool. They discussed a possible delay in opening but decided to join numerous other municipalities across the country that have closed their aquatic centers and pools for the summer.
With the steps announced to reopen Indiana because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Park Board was concerned about following the significant restrictions on operations, attendance and strict social distancing. It would be difficult to observe such protocols in a large, public pool facility.
Please know that this decision was not made lightly. There are many moving pieces that work to make the pool a safe place for users each year and adding a global pandemic to the mix created an extremely difficult path to navigate.
You may find yourself asking, are we premature in making this decision, and can we not wait until mid-summer to open in hopes that health regulations are lifted? The answer is no. One of the moving pieces to opening the pool is the hiring and training of lifeguards, admissions and concession workers. If we open mid-summer, we risk not having enough trained staff to properly run the pool. This would put both our staff and the public at risk. It is not fiscally responsible to prepare the pool for opening with uncertainty about the future; thousands of dollars have the potential to be lost if we prepare the pool and cannot open on time or cannot open at all. Again, we have talked through many scenarios, but we could not find one that we could confidently put into place this summer.