With the wellbeing of their residents in mind, the management at North Haven’s Rec. Center Pool recently announced that the facility will only be open to members of the community this summer.
Previously nonresidents were allowed limited access. According to management, in light of the pandemic, the community’s health and safety were major factors in this policy change. In addition, the pool won’t offer services like swimming lessons yet, but pool director Kate Meikle said policies are likely to be revisted in the coming months.
“Everything is subject to change. We’re hoping for the best,” Meikle said. “We’re leaning on the careful side of the way we operated. The way things look like they will go, come fall, we’ll think about providing some of those services and doing more of the things we used to do.”
The indoor pool has been open since mid-July 2020, and will continue using its online reservation system.
“To sign up (to swim), there’s a link on the town website. When you make an account on the reservation system, you have access to the hours open to swimming,” Meikle explained. “You book a lane and do what you want in that lane, whether it’s exercise, doing laps, or are there with the family.”
Meikle says the Rec. Center Pool is open about seven hours a day during the week, has four time slots on Saturdays, and is closed Sundays.
While emphasizing nothing is set in stone, Meikle anticipates they’ll mostly keep their current protocols in place, especially since the facility hasn’t had any COVID cases since reopening.
Two notable changes to the schedule will be in place this season, according to Meikle. The Rec. Center’s day camp will be using the pool this summer and afternoon swims for families will be added.