The City of North Port will re-open the North Port Aquatic Center Competition Pool and Warm Mineral Springs Park with limited capacity starting Monday
The City of North Port
The City of North Port will re-open the North Port Aquatic Center Competition Pool and Warm Mineral Springs Park with limited capacity starting Monday, June 1 utilizing a phased approach.
“As our community responds to COVID-19, the health and safety of our staff and patrons remains our top priority,” said Laura Ansel, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator. “Over the past couple of months, Parks & Recreation staff have been participating virtually in national and regional training seminars, evaluating CDC guidelines, developing and implementing best practices, and outlining a phased and methodical re-opening plan. We’re looking forward to slowly and safely welcoming patrons back.”
How We’re Responding: North Port Aquatic Center
The North Port Aquatic Center will welcome back swimmers for lap swim and limited open swim at the Competition Pool, which will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily. The pool will offer twelve lap lanes, with several being available for reservation in one-hour increments at no additional cost. Reservations will be available 24 hours in advance and patrons may make one reservation per day by calling 941-429-PARK(7275). Existing Lap Swim only passes will automatically be reinstated as of June 1, 2020. Annual passes for the full facility will be automatically reinstated once the waterpark portion of the facility (lazy river, water slides, and splashground) can reopen.
A maximum of two swimmers per lane will be allowed and swimmers without reservations will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition, to ensure we can meet the current physical distancing and cleaning protocols, the following actions have been implemented:
> The diving well will be closed to accommodate additional lap lanes.
> Limited open swim space will be provided in the shallow end with reduced capacity based on current CDC/State guidelines.
> The facility will adhere to a strict sanitizing schedule.
> The concession stand will only offer prepackaged items for patrons to purchase.
> Every other locker within the locker rooms will be secured to promote physical distancing.
Classes and lessons at both the North Port Aquatic Center and Morgan Family Community Center can resume starting the week of June 8. Times, availability and location of instructor-led classes may be modified, please call 941-429-PARK(7275) for specific class information. A special thank you to our amenity sponsors, Superior Pools and the Southwest Florida Water Polo Foundation, for their continued support.
How We’re Responding: Warm Mineral Springs Park
Warm Mineral Springs Park will re-open with regular operating hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily) starting on June 1, 2020 with limited capacity per the current guidelines. As restrictions ease, Warm Mineral Springs Park is prepared to increase the attendees per the guidelines in effect at that time. The spa services will remain temporarily closed at this time.
Valid passes will be extended the number of days of closure. No additional days will be provided if a patron is not able to access the park due to capacity on a particular day and guests are welcome to return later that same day.
In addition, to ensure we can meet the current physical distancing and cleaning protocols, the following actions have been implemented by National and State Park Concessions, the current operator of the park:
> Sneeze guards will be placed at the customer service desk and signs installed to remind and encourage patrons to practice physical distancing.
> Seating will be reduced and spaced around the springs to encourage physical distancing.
> Chairs will be sprayed down once per day with an eco-friendly cleaning product suitable for use near water.
> Restrooms will be cleaned hourly and hand sanitizer stations are in place.
> Announcements to encourage physical distancing will be made throughout the day.
Currently, indoor and outdoor rentals at Parks & Recreation facilities are not available. Existing reservations have been canceled through June 14, 2020. For the latest information on COVID-19, visit www.CityOfNorthPort.com/