Lehigh Valley public pools remain closed for now under stay-at-home guidelines

Written by on May 25, 2020

Lehigh Valley public pools remain closed for now under stay-at-home guidelines

By Staci Inez

May 25, 2020

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Memorial Day is usually the unofficial start of summer and typically many pools open as well. But this year that won’t be the case for some in the Lehigh Valley.  WLVR’s Staci Inez reports.

Both the Hellertown pool and the city of Bethlehem pools aren’t planning to reopen soon.

“It’s been a council decision that we hold off on opening the pool because of the mandates set forth by the governor,” said Mayor David Heintzelman.

Mayor Heintzelman said that right now, opening the pool could become a liability. 

“If someone would contract this virus, there would be liability issues that could trickle down to us and cost us a lot more money than we’re making at the pool.. And then again… safety. How do you keep children from not coming together if we mandate that they have to be six feet apart? I don’t see how that can be governed in a positive way.”

Residents started an online petition to reopen the pool and it has nearly 500 signatures. Mayor Heintzelman said they understand the concern, but borough official swill wait until they know it’s safe to reopen.  

Jodi Evans, Recreation Administrator for the city of Bethlehem, said that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything to do this summer. They are putting new activities outside like the ones at L-G stewart Park for people to follow along. 

“The cool thing about is there is a perimeter play area and also an internal play area and it really provides for family fun in a socially distant environment.. And it’s really important for us to provide those opportunities because kids need to get out, parents need to get our and it’s really something we hope to develop more of,” said Evans.

This part of the park is not completely finished, but Evans said they are trying to be as creative as possible in finding recreational activities that follow social distancing guidelines. Bethlehem is also creating a pickleball court at Clearview Park for more summer activities.

Meanwhile in Macungie, staff at the Memorial Park said they will vote on Tuesday to decide if the pool will be open or closed this summer. 


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