DENVER (KDVR) — Eight outdoor pools at recreation centers across Denver are opening Monday.
This is part of the phased reopening after COVID-19 shut down centers in 2020.
The outdoor pools that are open are:
- Berkeley Park
- Barnum Park
- Cook Park
- Green Valley
- Harvard Gulch
- Harvey Park
- Mestizo/Curtis Park.
The Aztlan, Eisenhower, and Swansea Outdoor Pools are expected to open June 14.
“With the recent removal of capacity limits and social distancing requirements, we will continue our focus on safety as we begin opening more of our facilities, programs and activities,” said Happy Haynes, Executive Director of Parks and Recreation. “We are dedicated to supporting healthy lifestyles that enhance the wellbeing of our residents.”
Denver Parks and Recreation said full operations will continue to be impacted by staffing shortages. Most employees are seasonal and on-call, which will require recruiting, hiring and re-training.
The organization had to spend eight hours a day last week training and recertifying lifeguards in order to prepare them for the season.
Leslie Pickard with Denver Recreation said employees worked overtime to make sure the eight outdoor pools opening Monday were adequately staffed with about 150 employees for safety.
Entry for all activities is on a same-day walk-up on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no reservations. The cost is $2 per person per activity.
In August, the city’s outdoor pools will move inside so Parks and Rec is recruiting now for indoor lifeguards.
Make sure you check the Denver Rec website for hours and full swim schedules.