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Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department considering other options for pool closures

Posted at 2:32 AM, Jun 06, 2020

The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department are looking into various options during the pool closure, according to a press release.

The release said they are trying to arrange public access, but proposing the closure of the Paul Nelson Aquatic Center until spring 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The city said having a local swim club take over operations doesn't factor in the costs of operation.

The Department said that without postponing the pool opening, it would result in budget reductions elsewhere.

Some programs listed in the release that may be cut include youth and teenager programs along with Safe and Strong activities.

According to the release, the city is entering its 12th year of a multimillion-dollar structural budget deficit which has been significantly worsened by COVID-19.

The Department said they are planning modified activities this summer and working on access to other pools in the community.

"The City plans to find alternative locations over the summer months to offer those programs and services that are permitted under the current and future health orders," Director Alex Posada said. "We look forward to providing access to lap swim, water exercise classes, fun water activities, and swim lessons, all under the valiance of American Red Cross certified Lifeguards and classes taught by American Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors.”