WAYNE – Aquatic Center staff at the Wayne Community Activity Center is giving all families another option to get out of the house on a nice day as the swimming pool opened their gates Wednesday.
It started with morning and afternoon lap swim times before the public was welcomed in for open swim between 1 – 5 p.m. and again from 6:30 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1.
Manager at the Wayne Aquatic Center, Terran Sievers said he’s been waiting for Wednesday’s moment for awhile now and it’s been a long process.
“The guards have been really patient as we kept pushing the date to open back,” said Sievers. “They’re really excited to get to working. I think that we’ll have a lot of people here today (July 1) just coming in for the first time this summer.”
Sievers was a lifeguard for two years and one of the assistant mangers last summer.
Lap swim times are available from 6 – 6:45 a.m. as well noon until 12:45 p.m. while open swim will last from 1 – 5 p.m. and 6:30 – 9 p.m. with a break in-between.
The Wayne Aquatic Center will also offer Water Aerobics, Aqua Zumba and swimming lessons.
Under the current Phase Three Directed Health Measure (DHM), the pool can have up to 75% of its rated capacity. So, up to 225 people at one time could be at the pool. Once Phase 4 rolls out allowing outdoor venues to move to 100% capacity, the Wayne Aquatic Center could hold up to 300 people, but Sievers recalled the most they’ve had was around 150.
During the 1-5 p.m. session, there were 136 attendees while another 80+ visited the pool Wednesday evening.
Including Sievers and his two assistant managers, there are 16 lifeguards along with front desk staff. Six lifeguards will be on duty as staff will go over the intercoms and have attendees grab their belongings off the chair to be sanitized every couple of hours.
Those wishing to swim will enter through the activity center and go through the locker rooms to take a shower and then go towards the Wayne Aquatic Center front desk
“We’re just going to have them say their name, number and then their address,” Sievers added. “Just so then we can keep track of how many people are here and where they’re from. So, if a case pops up here then we’re able to contact them.”
No pool noodles or big donut floaties will be allowed in and those who plan on swimming must come dressed with their swimsuit. Water wings and puddle jumpers will be allowed for extra safety for the kids.
Sievers was joined by an assistant manager and City of Wayne employees who worked on caulking the pool.
“Right now, there’s probably the size of a garden hose just leaking,” Sievers mentioned. “Which is a lot better. They said that it was probably seven gallons a minute and now it’s probably a gallon to a half a gallon a minute a leak.”
Staff will keep any eye on the water levels and once the pool is empty look to solve the actual problem before filling next summer.
Tentatively, the Wayne Aquatic Center would close around Labor Day weekend.
During July 4, both the Wayne Community Activity Center and Aquatic Center will be open from noon until 5 p.m.
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