‘Let the People Swim’: Juniper Swim & Fitness Center Pulls Pool Rooftop Early to Open in ‘Extreme Risk’
(Update: video, comments from the establishment supervisor)
Pool operations change with county guidelines
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Juniper Swim and Fitness Center “lets the air in” into the pool. As Deschutes County has returned to the extreme risk category for COVID-19, new guidelines are being set for indoor recreation facilities. The center is making adjustments to accommodate community members and adhere to guidelines, including removing the pool roof earlier than usual.
The property’s indoor pool converts to an outdoor pool for the summer months – the roof comes off. Usually the roof is removed closer to summer, when the weather is warmer. However, this marks the pool’s first year of transition to an outdoor facility (coincidentally after a near-record hot day on Thursday, with highs in the ’80s).
“Once we heard we were going to go red in Deschutes County, we pretty much put our hands on the bridge. We said we go down the sides and the ends and let people swim, ”said Clare Gordon, facility supervisor at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center on Friday.
The sides of the pool came loose on Friday, with the roof to be removed Sunday through Tuesday. The swimming pool will be closed during this period. Removing the tent creates more open space and allows for better air circulation. Gordon said they were happy to be able to do this so that community members could still come and swim.
“I think the impact that we saw on the community when we closed and the importance that this facility has for our community, really motivates us to stay open and to offer programs to this community,” he said. she declared. “You know, water is very healing when people can swim or go in the water and exercise. It is really important for people’s health and for families to be able to recreate themselves in an outdoor space and put the children in the water. is really important to us. “
Gordon says people who regularly use the pool were concerned that it would close. With the change, a limited number of people can swim in 55-minute sessions – but you need a reservation.
the Larkspur Community Center will also be open but with only six people at a time in each part of the building. Some fitness classes will also take place outdoors. Swimming lessons and other activities have been canceled for at least a week. The governor will reassess the risk levels every week.
Here is what else changing for Bend Park & Rec under Extreme Risk:
- Kids Inc, Art Station and most enrichment programs for young people will continue without change.
- Outdoor sports will continue with a maximum capacity of 100 people per field, parents and spectators included.
- The Pavilion will remain open to roller sports and open skates with a maximum capacity of 100 people.
- Staff are accelerating the removal of the Juniper Swim & Fitness Center pool cover so the pool can function as an outdoor facility and continue to offer current programs.
- The Larkspur Community Center will remain open but will be limited to 6 clients at a time in each part of the building. Sessions will also be limited to 45 minutes as directed.
- Classes and activities are being changed in accordance with updated guidelines from public health officials.
- Some fitness classes will be transferred to outdoor options at the Larkspur Community Center and Lodge.
- Virtual fitness classes will continue to be broadcast.
- Some programs and activities will be canceled, including swimming lessons, for one week and will be re-evaluated every week.