The Cashiers Community Pool opened last week giving those in the area with cabin fever a chance to get their swim on.
Cashiers/Glenville Rec Park Assistant Director Michael Hopkins said after careful consideration of all available information, Rec Park staff are confident in safety measures in place to open the pool.
“It was a difficult decision to open,” said Hopkins. “We didn’t think we’d open until Phase 3, but we’ve made several changes that allow us to safely do what we’re doing. The way things are trending, I’m not sure when we’ll hit Phase 3, but we wanted to provide an opportunity for our citizens now.”
Hopkins said safety measures include all swimmers must adhere to 6-feet apart social-distancing guidelines, there are a limited number of visitors to the pool at one time (34 max), shared surfaces are wiped down hourly, and showers and locker rooms are closed until further notice.
“Basically, if it’s something that can be shared it’s closed or wiped down regularly,” said Hopkins.
Lifeguard Kristy McCall said it’s important for kids to have a place to socialize in a safe manner.
“Patron safety is always our number one priority,” said McCall. “We are encouraging social distancing and taking extra precautions with sanitation. I’ve felt completely comfortable allowing my children to swim since the pool opened on Tuesday. And for the first time in months, they have experienced a sense of normalcy.”
Cashiers Community Pool hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 12-5 p.m.
Sunday: 1-6 p.m.
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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