Are the pools in the area open on schedule?
Most of the area’s iconic public pools will be open until Remembrance Day.
On Saturday, May 28, in permitted weather, the Champaign water center and the Crystal Lake Park swimming pool in Urban will open.
“We are fully staffed in every position except swimming instructors – we always need more of them,” said Brittany Fairfield, Champagne Park’s water sports manager. “And a few more assistant coaches for our Sholem Sharks teams.”
After hitting COVID-19 only about 30 of Fairfield’s 150 seasonal employees returned to work, she said.
Almost all were brand new.
This season, profitability has returned to about 50 percent. In the Helmet 90 rescuers are certified or receive certification before the start of the season. On Thursday, the pool was filled. This week the chemical process begins, and next Monday – pre-season training.
“It’s amazing we can train the staff we wanted and bring culture back seasonally,” Fairfield said.
The Rantula Hep Parker Family Water Center will open on May 28th.
The Monticello and Tuscola public pools will open their tracks on Remembrance Day. According to city administrator Tuscola J. Drew Hoel, staff “enough for full-fledged work,” and only a few lifeguards are still seeking certification.
“If all goes according to plan, it will be the first ‘normal’ year since the pandemic began,” Hoel said. “It’s our plan and our hope, although the weather and the availability of staff can still affect that.”
The 65-year-old Garfield Park swimming pool in Danville was closed last year due to deterioration and will remain so in the near future. City officials are working on a plan to renovate the city’s only public pool and adjacent park with more than $ 12 million in funding for COVID-19.
As usual, centers such as Sholem, Crystal Lake and Monticella will allow early entry for pool pass owners, and will also spend a few early hours of swimming for adults and morning camps for children.
Here are the hours of summer swimming in the pools:
Monticello Family Water Center
– all week from 12 to 19 hours
Sholem Water Center
– from 11.30 to 18.00, MF
– from 11.30 to 19.00 Sat-Sun
Crystal Lake Park Family Water Center
– 12.30 to 19.00, MF
– from 11.00 to 19.00, Sat-Sun
Tuscola Swimming Pool
– 12:30 to 19:00