Last week Huntingburg city officials made the decision to close the city pool for the remainder of the year as a precautionary measure due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
"We didn't have anybody here with Covid, but, we just wanted to be on the safe side of it and go ahead and close it down at that point. We had a ramp up in cases here in the county and so we decided just to go ahead and close the pool and we had no issues with it yet and we figured we would do it before something would arise and we really didn't want something to arise, said Huntingburg Park Director Larry Altstdat.
But residents looking to beat the heat will still have another option this summer, splash fountain, located directly next to the pool will remain open until September 11th.
"We open that up from 8:30 in the morning until 8:30 in the evening so it's all free now so people can get cooled off and refreshed over there because they can keep their 6 feet distance out there. In the pool, you're closer together, we did have everybody separated, we had all the chairs over 6 feet apart, actually they were 8 feet apart, all the lounge chairs. So when we had the pool open we had all kinds of precautionary measures going up the slide we had them separated, we had a life guard separating them as they went up the slide and just all kinds of things like that extra precautionary measure we had another life guard on deck at all times, so we just did different things to make sure that we are in compliance with what the governor wants," said Altstdat.
In the meantime the pool will be maintained as it usually is throughout the winter and is scheduled to reopen again in late May or early June of 2021.