Lincoln Pool will open for public use on Monday, June 15.
Manteca Parks & Recreation also plans to offer swimming lessons this summer that are one of the department’s most popular — if not the most popular — program.
Meanwhile summer camp will start June 1 initially at the Manteca Senior Center before being moved to an elementary campus. Safety measures such as social distancing, regular hand-washing and more frequent sanitization of equipment will take place.
Deputy Director for Recreation Toni Lundgren noted the city has developed protocols to comply with San Joaquin County Health Department COVID-19 requirements for swimming pool use and operations. They are also developing a summer camp program that keeps the ratio of youth to 10 in a group as required by county as well as the Centers for Disease Control.
That means the swimming pool will be limited to 30 percent capacity. Swimmers will also need to practice social distancing and adhere to sanitizing procedure. Staff will also have extra disinfectant procedures in place for pool and adjoining areas.
Swim lessons will also be offered starting later in June. The format will include limiting the number of swimmers. Staff is exploring expanding private lessons as well as having options such as a parent being in the water with a child helping them learn to swim under the instruction of a certified instructor who is social distancing from the deck or in the water.
Lundgren depends upon how the situation unfolds the swimming pool could remain open after the next school starts. Also swimming lessons could go into September.
“Everything is fairly fluid right now,” Lundgren said.
Registration information for the swimming lessons and summer school will be available online on the city’s website and/or by calling 456-8600. In person registration will not be available until June 1 when city offices will open to the public.
Lundgren noted the city is working closely with the schools in making sure the Kids Zone After School and Before School programs will be up and running when the next school year starts on Aug. 6.
The city programs are accessed by hundreds of families whose work schedules do not mesh with school start and release time that need their children supervised.
Lundgren noted the city has made adjustments to recreation offerings to keep citizens engaged and provide services during the stay at home order.
As an example, recreation staff has been delivering lunches to more than 200 seniors five times a week. Programs such as Zumba classes for seniors are being conducted over Zoom.
The department has also made “preschool-in-a-box” kits available for parents of participating kids so their child can partake in learning activities via Zoom with a preschool instructor.
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