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 At the June 15 Grosse Pointe Woods City Council meeting, the council voted 6-0 to open the Grosse Pointe Woods Aquatic Facility at Lake Front Park July 1.

At the June 15 Grosse Pointe Woods City Council meeting, the council voted 6-0 to open the Grosse Pointe Woods Aquatic Facility at Lake Front Park July 1.

Photo by Deb Jacques

Lake Front Park pool set to open July 1

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 23, 2020


GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe Woods residents who utilize the Grosse Pointe Woods Aquatic Facility at Lake Front Park, located on Jefferson Avenue, will be glad to know the pool will open July 1.

At the June 15 Grosse Pointe Woods City Council meeting, the council voted 6-0 to open the pool next month. The reopening plan comes with several restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preregistration is required for residents to sign up ahead of time for pool use. Residents can sign up online or by phone during office hours starting one week in advance. Residents are allowed two time slots per week.

According to an e-blast sent June 22, reservations were scheduled to begin June 24. Residents are asked to review the policies and procedures of the Aquatic Facility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“By the restrictive opening of the pool, the City of Grosse Pointe Woods does not represent that it is safe or that there is not a risk of contracting COVID-19 by use of the Aquatic Facility,” the e-blast states. “Everyone using the pool, bathhouse and any other park facilities does so at their own risk.”

To use the pool, residents must have a valid 2019 or 2020 park pass to enter the park. Residents who have already applied for their 2020 park pass can use their state issued ID with the Grosse Pointe Woods address to enter the park until their pass is mailed to them.

“We hope to have the pool open on July 1 for residents. We will be limiting the amount of people in the pool,” City Administrator Bruce Smith said. “We will be dividing up into daily sessions residents can sign up for. We have to limit the amount of people on the deck to 200 per session.”

The pool will be open only to Grosse Pointe Woods residents at this time — no guests.

“With the rationing of the pool at this point, we feel that allowing guests will be problematic,” Smith said. “So going forward, we are going to go with a no-guest policy. Mainly, we want to see how things go to make sure our residents who pay taxes and their families get to use the pool.”

If more slots become available, then the pool will open up to nonresidents. Eighty-eight lifeguards will be returning for the summer and will undergo physicals and recertification.

The time slots are as follows: morning lap swim, one-hour session for three days a week  6:30-7:30 a.m.,  7:30-8:30 a.m.,  or 8:30-9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; or  6:30-7:30 a.m.,  7:30-8:30 a.m.,  or 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.        

Open swim at the main pool will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Open swim, the two baby pools and lap lanes will be open daily from 10 a.m. to noon, 12:30-2:30 p.m., 3–5 p.m., and 5:30–7:30 p.m. According to the e-blast, “When there are 15 minutes remaining during the swim time, an announcement will be made to prepare the swimmers for exiting.”

“There’s times in between where we have to have the staff go and clean things and do sanitation,” Smith said. “We will have to do check-in with people to make sure people haven’t had problems with COVID, haven’t had temperatures. We have to use safe practices.”

Staff members will be stationed in front of the bathhouse to check in residents ahead of time. Residents will be asked COVID-19 screening questions and be handed a card with their time slot and number of approved pool patrons. All employees and residents will be required to wear a mask while inside the bathhouse facility, unless medical reasons restrict the wearing of a mask.

During the meeting, Council member Arthur Bryant suggested allowing nonresidents who are caregivers for small children. According to Grosse Pointe Woods Recreation Supervisor Nicole Gerhart, caregiver passes are available for babysitters, parents or grandparents watching children. Those caregivers would be considered guests.

At the meeting, Mayor Robert Novitke said the reopening plan needs to have flexibility, should it need to be modified if other restrictions develop.

“Things could change tomorrow,” he said. “They could change next week.”