City pulls plug on Aquatic Center season

Clear Lake Parks & Recreation Director Randy Miller and City Administrator Scott 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.

“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 challenge,” said Flory.  “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 three 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

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