After weeks of debate, the McPherson City Commission voted to open the McPherson Water Park for a shortened season. The water park is slated to open June 22 as long as chemicals are delivered by the date and setup can be completed.
While the water park will open, there are a number of guidelines in place to ensure the safety of pool visitors and lifeguards. Only 90 people will be admitted to the water park at a time. Contact information will be gathered as people enter the water park, to ensure they can be reached if exposed to COVID-19. The water park will follow a strict cleaning schedule to ensure surfaces outside of the pool are sanitized and social distancing will be enforced.
The swim team will be allowed access to the pool in the mornings for practices, and water walking will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. daily. There will be two sessions of swimming, an afternoon and evening session.
“We will shut down mid day for approximately 40 minutes,” Aquatics Director Kyle Roberts said. “This will give us time to do a deep clean in the middle of the day. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes, so I figured 20 minutes for cleaning and 20 minutes for the staff to get out of the heat. Since they are going to be wearing masks and working out there, I want to give them additional break time to cool off and get hydrated.”
Community members are asked to not come to the water park if they are sick, have been exposed to COVID-19 or have any symptoms of COVID-19.