Brownstown pool to open June 1


Brownstown’s park will reopen May 24 and the town swimming pool will open June 1 under a plan approved by the park board Monday night.

The playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, the outdoor shelter houses, softball and baseball fields will be open for public use with social distancing guidelines to be followed.

No organized practices, however, can be held on the ball fields until June 14. The park’s shelter house also can be rented to groups off less than 25 until June 14 when groups larger than 25 will be allowed.

Pool Manager Jamie Temple said after the meeting that she planned to have at least one of the pool’s ready for water today and beginning filling it.

The large pool will take three days to fill. Once it is full, two tests of the water occurred and if the water passes both, Larry Miller, an environmental health specialist with the Jackson County Health Department, will be called for a final inspection, she said.

Once the pool opens at noon June 1, capacity will be limited to 100 under Indiana Back-On-Track guidelines.

That capacity will increase to 150 or 50% percent of capacity on June 14 under the Indiana Department of Health guidelines.

The hours of operation have yet to be set. Lap swimming will be available from 6 to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

All children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult to ensure proper social distancing guidelines are followed.

Patrons also are encouraged to wear a mask while on the pool deck and to bring their own chairs.

Pool parties will be available for groups or 75 or less and people can call town hall at 812-358-5500 to reserve a spot.

On July 4, there will be no restrictions on capacity and pool hours will be set at a later date.

Social distancing is recommended at all times.

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