Pool Opening Delayed

New Hope Aquatic Facility Opening Delayed
Posted on 05/20/2020
Due to the health and safety challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of New Hope is delaying the opening of its new aquatic facility until the 2021 season. New Hope City Council and staff discussed the topic in detail at the May 18 city council work session.

Over the last several months, staff has been planning for a phased opening of the aquatic park this summer, with the 50-meter pool opening June 6 and the remainder of the facility opening in early July. Staff had remained hopeful that the COVID-19 situation would improve and the summer opening would be feasible. After exploring several scenarios presented by staff, City Council came to the consensus that delaying the opening until the 2021 season is in the best interest of the health and well-being of both pool visitors and staff. Several factors were considered, including the uncertainty of when and if aquatic facilities will be allowed to open, Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health requirements, the inability to train lifeguards under current guidelines, and the budget. “We have all worked really hard and this is a very difficult recommendation to make. But with the staffing, budget and not even being sure at this point if we are able to open, we feel it is the right one,” stated Parks & Recreation Director, Susan Rader.

Those who have purchased a 2020 season pass or have registered for swimming lessons, will be contacted by city staff. “It breaks our heart not be able to open this pool,” stated New Hope City Manager, Kirk McDonald, “we have all been working so hard for two years. It’s the last thing we wanted.”