Renovations to the Wickwire Pool pool house in Cortland are “nearing completion” as the city prepares for its opening on June 26, Cortland Youth Bureau director John McNerney recently said.
The $ 850,000 project (funds compiled from $ 626,186 in private donations / grants) – which includes $ 407,000 from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and $ 208,000 from accessible fund program income, includes: new interior and exterior, roof, sound system and pool deck lighting; changing rooms and bathrooms – with the bathroom accessible from the outside; and roof over outdoor showers.
McNerney said the last task for the pool area was to install five new benches and pour concrete under each.
“We are really excited about this building. It’s super impressive, ”he said. “All the amenities, everything inside the building, everything is new.”
COVID-19 guidelines and procedures are in place for public swimming pools. However, the state’s health department and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the guidelines could change by the weekend of July 4.
Currently, the guidelines and procedures are as follows (subject to change):
- Reservations are required to use a two hour time block for the pool
- Staff members will complete the COVID questionnaire and check the temperature upon arrival
- Face masks are mandatory outside the pool, but not mandatory – nor allowed – in the pool
- Customers must maintain their social distance by staying six feet from each other
- A distance of 10 feet is required between blankets, towels and the chair (unless the guests are family members or the same household)
- The capacity of the swimming pool will be limited to 125 people
- The pool will be divided into sections (with tape or cones), allowing a maximum of 10 guests in each section
- A hand disinfection station will be placed just inside the entrance for customers
Staff will clean and disinfect the bathroom at least three times a day, and other parts of the pool house and area will be frequently cleaned and disinfected after use.
McNerney mentioned that the youth office is looking to hire more lifeguards. He added that there were a few places left.
For more information on pool procedures or to apply to become a lifeguard, contact the youth office at 607-753-3021.