Finally, some refreshing news

by Josh McDonald
Staff Reporter | June 30, 2020 10:23 AM

KELLOGG — Swimmers rejoice, the Kellogg Public Swimming Pool is set to open later this week.

Despite a late start to the season and plenty of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, city officials are happy to announce that aquatic enthusiasts can start cooling off this Thursday.

As with everything in this time, the pool’s opening has a few caveats that go with it.

According to Kellogg City Superintendent Craig Lewis, until further notice the pool will only allow 50 people inside the fenced area at a time (for two-hour increments, not including pool staff), swimmers must come pool ready as dressing/locker rooms will be closed, every person entering the facility will have their temperature checked, the pool office will not hold on to any swimmers’ personal items and chairs will not be provided, but are allowed to be brought in.

“Obviously, we are having to plan as we go along with this,” Lewis said. “But, like everyone has heard with everything this year, please stay home if you are feeling sick. We are going to work in two-hour increments, but if there aren’t people waiting to get in, folks will be able to stay longer.”

The pool will allow people access to separate restrooms at the facility, so the locker rooms can remain closed.

Lewis also mentioned that families can obviously congregate together, but folks should try to observe 6-foot social distancing measures both in the pool and outside from it.

Crews recently completed a full repainting of the pool, and all other maintenance issues have been addressed, which was important to Lewis who was adamant that the pool needed to be opened this season despite some mixed feelings about it opening under the current circumstances.

“There were some mixed opinions concerning opening this year for sure,” Lewis said. “But, we needed to give all these kids something to do this summer, it’s important for them to have something.”

The pool will once again be free for folks attending and the city asks that for the time being only Silver Valley residents make use of the facility.

No swimming lessons will be available this season.

The pool will open this Thursday, July 2, and then will be open weekly, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m., with a 5-6 p.m. open swim for adults.

For more information, please call the pool at 208-786-9131.