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Bloomington public pools to open for first time since 2019 on Saturday

<p>A City of Bloomington truck sits outside of Mills Pool located at 1100 W 14th Street. Mills Pool will open for the first time since 2019 on Saturday.</p>

A City of Bloomington truck sits outside of Mills Pool located at 1100 W 14th Street. Mills Pool will open for the first time since 2019 on Saturday.

Bryan Park Pool and Mills Pool will open for the first time since 2019 on Saturday, according to a press release from the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation. 

Neither of the public outdoor pools opened during 2020 due to COVID-19. 

According to the press release, Bryan Park Pool will remain open until Sept 6, while Mills Pool will close on Aug 3. Both will be open from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. daily. Bryan Park Pool’s hours will change Aug 4 due to Monroe County schools beginning session.

Masks and physical distancing are recommended but not required, according to the press release. Pool staff will wear masks and periodically clean the bathrooms, pool chairs and other frequently touched surfaces. 

For the first time, Bryan Park Pool will reserve the lap lane exclusively for swimmers with disabilities from 11 a.m. to noon, according to the press release. 

Admission costs $5 per person at both pools, with children 3 years old and under admitted for free, according to the press release. 

According to the press release, season passes, which cost $50 for unlimited admission for one person to both pools throughout summer 2021, are also available. Another option is an Economy Punch pass, which is 20 admissions by the same or different people at either pool for $85. Season passes and Economy Punch passes can be purchased at Bryan Park Pool.

Bloomington residents whose annual income is 150% of the poverty level can apply for a fee waiver, according to the press release. The application must include a $5 application fee, proof of each adult in the household’s income, a notarized citizen or qualified alien status affidavit and proof of residency, according to the press release. Applications must be submitted in person at the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office in City Hall. 

According to the press release, people can also purchase swim lessons from the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation, either Monday through Thursday for two weeks or Saturdays only for eight weeks. The lessons cost $60 for Bloomington residents and $70 for non-residents, according to the press release.


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