Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Parks and Recreation Update: Summer Pool Operations and Return of Workforce Development Program

Richmond, VA – The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF) continues to take the safety and health of our patrons as a top priority. After careful consideration, review of information from professional associations and guidance from federal and state agencies, PRCF plans to open the City of Richmond indoor swimming pools starting July 6, 2020. Outdoor pools will not be opening at this time. Funding originally allocated for outdoor services will be used to support the Workforce Development Program that was cut from the budget due to the economic cost of COVID-19.

Swansboro Indoor Pool (3160 Midlothian Turnpike) will open for lap swim beginning on Monday, July 6. Operating hours will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bellemeade Indoor Pool (1800 Lynhaven Avenue) will begin their Learn to Swim classes on Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m., with classes running each hour until 7 p.m. These classes will be free for the months of July and August only.
To reserve time for lap swim or register for a Learn to Swim class, please visit https://parksandrecreation.richmondgov.com. Learn to Swim class registration can also be done by contacting Erica Kirkland at 804-646-8849 or email Erica.Kirkland@richmondgov.com.
The Workforce Development Program is designed to empower 54 participants with job skills applicable for entry-level positions. These workers will assist in the enhancement of Richmond’s public spaces, which have proven an in-demand asset in the Richmond community due to social distancing and home isolation.
PRCF is dedicated to providing services an equitable opportunity to access services and programming. During the 2019 summer season, the seven department operated pools saw an average of 1,200 to 1,500 visitors daily. The logistical challenges of being able to provide access at our outdoor pools safely this summer would severely limit the number of patrons the outdoor spaces would be able to accommodate. While this was a difficult decision, the department has determined that the challenges outweigh the benefit to the few that we would be able to safely serve. 
For more information about how the City of Richmond is responding to COVID-19, please visit www.richmondgov.com/covid19.

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