DeKALB – After months of being closed due to crowd mandates and restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the DeKalb Park District announced Tuesday the kiddie pool area at Hopkins Pool will open Thursday.
Capacity limits will allow for only 30 people per 90-minute time slot at the kiddie pool and Huntley. Those coming will need to reserve their time slot and pay ahead of time, and will be subject to COVID-19 symptom questions before entering the area.
For families wishing to bring their kids to Hopkins Pool's kiddie area, attendees can partake via reservation only, and may reserve a 90-minute slot at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. every day the pool area is open. Multiple slots may be booked on a first-come, first-serve basis, but families must check in and out between each interval.
Amy Doll, district executive director, said capacity limits will allow for only 30 people per time slot. Those 7 and under need to be accompanied by an adult, Doll said.
It will be limited," Doll said. "The people will have to reserve and pay for their space ahead of time, will be limited to 30 people per 90 minute time block. There will be lifeguards and a manager on duty and then after that time block they will clean and disinfect at the facility before the next wave of swimmers."
Doll said the rest of the pool area will be blocked off by fencing to provide a barrier for the kiddie pool and the rest of the space at Hopkins, and lawn chairs won't be laid out. Showers and bathrooms will be available but cleaned and Doll said she encourages people to come showered and ready to swim, however.
"But people are allowed to bring in their own lawn chairs from home," Doll said.
For children up to 7 and adults all ages, it's $5 per session for an in-district rate, or $6 for those who live outside of the DeKalb Park District. Kiddie pool goers must provide a valid Illinois drivers license or a resident ID card showing a full-time permanent address, or a utility bill or lease in your name to receive the resident rate.
If you previously purchased a 2020 season pass, you will automatically receive a refund this year, the announcement states.
Open swim at Huntley
For those 8 and older, the park district is offering a limited capacity open swim option utilizing the pool at Huntley Middle School, Doll said.
It's the same process to swim at Huntley, where swimmers will need to register and pay ahead of time. Those 13 and under will need to be accompanied by an adult.
"And masks need to be worn when they arrive," Doll said. "They'll be asked a symptom checker list. There will be bathrooms and showers available but we still encourage people to come and showered and dressed."
This article has been edited after incorrect informaiton was given to the Daily Chronicle. Children and adults, regardless of age, will need to pay to get into the kiddie pool at Hopkins.