Community Center Pool, Park Pavilions to reopen on June 1

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—The Gatlinburg Parks and Recreation Department will reopen its swimming pool at the Community Center as well as pavilions at the three City Parks on Monday, June 1.
 
The Community Center’s swimming pool will reopen with a number of safety provisions in place to ensure the health of all patrons and staff. The pool will be accessible for exercise purposes only during this portion of the phased reopening. Operating hours of the pool will be from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The pool will be reserved for swimmers age 62 and older from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. daily.
 
In an effort to practice social distancing, the pool will be limited to eight individuals in the pool area at one time. For the convenience of everyone, pool usage will be limited to one hour per person.
 
Access to the pool area will be limited to those individuals swimming. Patrons who will be utilizing the pool are asked to enter the pool through the door by the monitor station and exit directly through any exterior door. Individuals will not be allowed to access any other area in the Community Center after entering the pool.
 
During this portion of the phased reopening of the Community Center, locker room facilities remain closed. Individuals using the pool should come dressed to swim and be prepared to leave the Community Center without changing.
 
With the pool area limited to exercise purposes during this portion of the phased reopening of the Community Center, the diving board and baby pool will be closed. Water aerobics classes will not be held during this portion of the phased reopening of the swimming pool, however Community Center staff can supply workout methods and techniques if requested.
 
The Gatlinburg Community Center reopened to the public on May 18. The Tone Zone and Bowling Center areas of the facility are currently operating under capacity restrictions, as well as enhanced safety and health measures in place.
 
All patrons entering the Community Center should be prepared to answer questions regarding potential symptoms of COVID-19, including if they have been in close contact with a confirmed case, if they are experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or a sore throat, if they have had a fever in the past 48 hours, if they have a new loss of taste or smell or if they have experienced vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours.
 
Community Center staff will sanitize all equipment, touch-point surfaces and restrooms every two hours. The Community Center is also requiring parent or guardian supervision for all children when participating in recreational activities to ensure that children can comply with the applicable guidelines.
 
Also on June 1, the City’s three pavilions at Mynatt Park, Mills Park and Herbert Holt Park will reopen. Guests using the pavilions will be requested to adhere to CDC recommended social distancing guidelines and limit gatherings to 50 people or less.
 
Reservations at the pavilions will not be taken until July 1, 2020.
 
For more information on Parks and Recreation facilities and programs, please contact the Gatlinburg Community Center at 865-436-4990.
 
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