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Northern Lehigh Swimming Pool Association won’t open this season

The swimming pool at Victory Park in Slatington won’t open this year due to coronavirus.

That decision was agreed upon by members of the Northern Lehigh Swimming Pool Association, according to President Jessica Mack.

Mack said the decision was made based on the guidelines from the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society’s Recreation and Park Facility Reopening Guidelines with regard to the process to reopen Pennsylvania.

“A decision was made by the team of board members from the Northern Lehigh Swimming Pool,” Mack said. “The board has been closely watching the guidelines that have been put out from the state, and as recently as their most up-to-date guidelines, swimming pools are to remain closed during both the red phase and yellow phase of reopening in Pennsylvania.”

Mack noted that the most recent update came out on Tuesday.

“Our area that we serve is not set to move into the yellow phase until tentatively June 4; that would take us probably more than halfway through the season until we could even think of opening our pool,” she said. “We serve lot of children in the community, and adults as well, and we wanted to make sure we were following any guidelines that were coming from the state.”

Additionally, Mack said that usually this is the time of year that they offer a lifeguard certification course to train their lifeguards around Memorial Day weekend.

“We cannot obviously hold those certification classes to prepare our staff for the summer,” she said. “The most recent guidelines said that parks, indoor and outdoor, are to remain closed in the red and yellow phase, which we felt we had to comply with those standards and those provisions.”

However, just because the Northern Lehigh Swimming Pool Association won’t be open this season, Mack said that doesn’t mean there isn’t work that needs to be done.

“We are always looking for more board members to join the team that we have,” she said. “We’re hoping that this year, even though we won’t be opening for the swim season, there still will need to be maintenance done.”

Mack said anyone interested in joining the board should visit the Northern Lehigh Swimming Pool Recreation’s Facebook page.

A look at the swimming pool at Victory Park in Slatington, which won't open this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO