In a Facebook post earlier this evening, the A.M. Risher Aquatic Center announced that the pool will not be opening for the 2020 season.
On May 5th, the Indiana State Department of Health released a document that includes guidelines for maintaining pools and aquatic facilities. The new guidelines are designed to help curb the spread of Coronavrius or COVID-19.
According to the announcement by the Pool board, the guidelines, which include sanitizing procedures and limiting the number of patrons in the pool, would prove to be a challenge for our local aquatic facility that already has a very short season and limited capacity.
A.M. Risher Aquatic Center, formerly A.M. Risher Swimming Pool, was originally built in 1965 when A.M. “Slim” Risher, then Linton’s mayor, donated his first year’s salary to fund construction of the pool.
Read the announcement from A.M. Risher Aquatic Center below.
From The A.M Risher Aquatic Center:
City Administrators and the Pool Board have made the decision not to open the pool for the 2020 season. The Greene County Health Department provided very specific requirements for swimming pools and aquatic facilities laid out from the Indiana State Department of Health and Governor Holcomb’s Back on Track plan. These requirements for social distancing and sanitizing would be difficult to consistently execute for a facility with a limited season and capacity. The health and safety of our patrons and staff are of utmost importance, and we look forward to the 2021 season.