Jun 15, 2020

To The Sweet Home Swimming Community,

We are pleased to notify you that the Sweet Home Community Pool will be open as of Monday, June 15.  With this opening there are strict guidelines that the pool staff must follow for the safety of themselves and the pool’s patrons.  Please read through the following guidelines.

  • No more than 8 patrons may be in the pool facility at a time.
  • Patrons will need to reserve a swim time to ensure a lane is available. Please contact the pool to reserve a time (541) 367-7631 or check their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SHCommunityPool.
  • You must sign in with a phone number upon arrival.
  • The pool will be open under strict social distancing requirements.
    • No more than 1 person per lane.
    • No more than 2 people in the small pool at a time.
    • Cloth masks must be worn anytime the swimmer is not in the water.
    • Patrons shall maintain 6-ft of separation at all times.
  • All patrons must have their temperature checked and complete a short medical questionnaire upon being admitted into the pool.
  • The pool will be open for 1-hr and then closed for 30-min for cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Lifeguards will be under COVID19 safety precautions so lifesaving measures have been altered. If you have questions, please ask the pool staff.
  • There will be no water aerobics or similar classes at this time. Patrons may use the facility for their own use and workout, but no instructor will be provided.

Please keep in mind that regulations and guidelines are subject to change as further information is gathered.  A number of agencies are working to provide quality assurances in how to serve the community safely.  As new information is obtained the pool staff will reevaluate and make any necessary adjustments.

A Note About Summer Maintenance:

This summer we have a number of maintenance projects planned for the pool.  We were hoping to be able to complete the maintenance prior to opening the pool, but due to the real possibility of damaging the pool we were not able to move up the maintenance schedule.  We are working with the construction company to find a suitable timetable for a 2-week shutdown to replace the sealant in the expansion joint and the drain covers. We are hopeful that we will be able to schedule the maintenance for a time so that swimmers will have a good opportunity to enjoy the pool prior to the shutdown.  We have been patching the joint for the past year which is not a viable long term solution.  To complete the maintenance, we must drain the pool.  In order to do this, we must wait for the water table to drop since the immediate area near the high school has a high water table during the winter and spring.  A high water table can cause an empty pool to float when the ground water pressure pushes up against an in-ground pool resulting in significant damage.