In the heat of the summer

Friday, July 10, 2020
Many precautions are taking place at the Bacon Aquatic Center, including not providing lounge chairs for public use.
Photo by Beth Hanner

Though opening was delayed by about 2 weeks and started slow, the Bacon Aquatic Center (BAC) is open and running smoothly. With some adjustments to the ways of previous years to follow CDC guidelines, the pool is still a great place to cool down during these hot days of July and August.

Offering private swim lessons, organized by Addison Jensen, to kick off the summer. They “went really well this year” said Dave Ellis, Cherokee Recreation Director.

Ellis also stated that the ability to open the day after Governor Reynolds gave the green light to open public pools was possible thanks to the City Council and City Administrator Eric List.

BAC originally hired around 30 lifeguards, but due to delayed opening some guards were unavailable once the pool was able to open. This year there are 24 guards actively working at the BAC, which is less than normal and will result in some changes for the end of the season. Returning managers this year are Matt Hoskinson, 6th season, and Bob Lee, 4th season.

Along with following the CDC’s social distancing recommendations, the lifeguards sanitize commonly touched surfaces every two hours and stay late after swim lessons and open facility hours to ensure a sanitary environment.

Other ways the BAC is taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by closing a portion of the kids end due to it having a lot of commonly touched surfaces, and by not providing lounge chairs and asking patrons to bring their own. As well as blocking off some of the showers and lockers.

Daily attendance is about normal, says Ellis. The BAC is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a rest period from 4:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. after which time, the slides will not reopen. Daily admissions for ages 3 and up is $6, ages 2 and under are free with paid adult, viewers fee is $2.

“If you haven’t been here in the past week, we are doing something fun and different. We have started doing a “starting line up” announcing the guards, with a song of their choice over the PA, done daily at 1:15 p.m. and 5 p.m.” says Ellis.

The BAC will stay open until the week school starts, and will be open that following weekend. So stop by the Bacon Aquatic Center for some fun in the sun!!!

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