Sioux City Aquatics Update
Sioux City Parks and Recreation staff have been working with state and national organizations to determine the future of the City’s aquatic facilities this summer. At this time, the three aquatic facilities (Leif Erikson Pool, Lewis Pool, and Riverside Family Aquatic Center) will not open for regular open swim operations in 2020. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines recommending physical distancing of at least 6 feet be followed throughout the aquatic season, and an open swim environment will not allow for that to occur.
We continue to evaluate a variety of scenarios in which pools may open in some capacity and will only move forward if it is safe to do so for our patrons and staff. Specifically, Parks and Recreation is exploring the option of opening the pools to teach swimming lessons and fitness classes. Swimming lessons for Levels 1-3 would require a guardian or caregiver to be in the water with the learner, as the instructor teaches from the deck. Fitness classes would be coordinated to accommodate at least 6 feet of space between people at all times.
An announcement will be made no later than June 2 regarding our ability to offer a condensed season of swimming lessons and fitness classes at the three Sioux City pools.
Additionally, all Sioux City Splash Pads will not be open during the summer of 2020 per National Recreation and Park Association recommendations citing a high amount of frequent touch points and no controls over social distancing.