The City of Bakersfield’s Recreation & Parks Department is excited to announce the re-opening of the McMurtrey Aquatic Center pool to the public for lap swim, starting Monday, July 6.
The McMurtrey Aquatic Center, like other public pool facilities, has been closed under guidelines from the California and Kern County Public Health Departments in an effort to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
Lap swimming will be permitted three times a day for swimmers 12-years-old and older. Swimmers as young as 8-years-old are permitted during family lap swim on Saturdays. UPDATE (07-02-2020): The cost is $5 per person, per visit; or $115 for City residents to get a 30-visit pass ($125 for non-residents).
Swimmers are allowed one lane and one appointment each day. Each swimmer must reserve a lane in advance by calling 661-852-7431 and be ready to swim on arrival in order to keep the day’s schedule. All swimmers must have their temperatures checked when they enter the facility. These protocols will remain in place for at least two weeks.
The Recreation & Parks Department has been working to develop protocols that are within the guidelines set by the county health department for limiting the virus’ spread, including additional disinfecting measures. Other measures in place can be seen in the PDF linked below.
Until further direction from the county health department, the slides at the McMurtrey Aquatic Center will remain closed.
Other City-operated public pools will also remain closed until further notice, though staff is working to prepare those facilities to re-open as soon as possible.
All 10 City-operated spray parks are also currently operating and open to the public at this time.
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