Gallatin’s outdoor city pool will remain closed this year due to COVID-19. JOSH CROSS

Update: The indoor pool at the Gallatin Civic Center will reopen on Monday, June 29.

Originally reported:

Gallatin’s popular outdoor public swimming pool will remain closed this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The decision not to reopen the facility, which is located at the Gallatin Civic Center, was announced last week by Mayor Paige Brown.

“With the limits on attendance and the late period that we’re in (with) being able to hire lifeguards for that facility… we just did not feel like we could responsibly open that pool this year,” Brown told city leaders on June 16. “I’m very sorry for that, but certainly the health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance.”

According to reopening guidelines released by the state last month, all aquatic venues or facilities should limit the number of guests on premises or in the pool at a given time if appropriate spacing of at least six feet between persons cannot be maintained.

City park officials had previously stated the outdoor pool would remain closed this summer if social distancing restrictions were not lifted in time for it to reopen by July 1.

The facility is normally open each year from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Last year, it had a total of 30,351 visits, according to data provided by the city.

Brown told city leaders last week that the indoor pool at the Gallatin Civic Center also remains closed after some “potential structural issues” were found during recent maintenance work.

“When we first had to shut down our facilities (due to COVID-19), parks and recreation decided they were going to take advantage of that down time and drain the pool, do some repairs and do some painting,” Brown said. “When they drained the pool there were some issues… so they called in an engineer to evaluate it.”

“Right now, we don’t have a date for reopening,” she added. “I know that everyone is anxious to get it back open and we will all be working to do that just as soon as we possibly can.”

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