As summer temperatures rise, residents of Perkasie Borough will have the opportunity to cool off in the town’s Menlo Aquatic Center after all. Any potential opening of the pool has hung in the balance as Borough decision makers awaited clarity in the form of guidance from Governor Wolf and the PA Department of Health.
At their regular meeting on June 1st, Borough Council voted to open the Menlo Aquatic Center, initially to Borough residents only and with several Covid related safety measures in place. New procedures are based on guidance provided by the Bucks County Department of Health as the Borough anticipates the County’s move into the “Yellow Phase”.
Perkasie anticipates opening the Menlo Aquatic Center on Wednesday, July 1st and limiting entry to Borough Residents in 3-hour time slots for at least the first 2 weeks. A nominal entry fee of $5 per resident, per day reflects the 3 hour limit and hopes to mitigate any inconvenience experienced by users as they become familiar with the new safety procedures, and pool staff and management find their “sea legs”. There is no fee for Resident Adults aged 62+ or for children under 3 years old. The first hour of operation each day will be reserved for senior swim, water walking and lap swim for adults only.
CDC guidelines require that Menlo removes tables, chairs and umbrellas so patrons will be asked to bring their own chairs and to place them inside 10 foot socially distant “family unit” squares marked on lawn areas. A “family unit” consists of up to 6 individuals and the facility has a newly calculated capacity limit of 92 of these family units. When not in their “family unit” squares or in the pool, patrons will be asked to wear masks and to follow directional signs and safety instructions. Staff will monitor and limit numbers in bathrooms and changing areas and will increase cleaning and disinfecting procedures on touch surfaces throughout the facility.
When in the pool, family units are asked to remain socially distant from other pool users. Per CDC guidelines, however, lifeguards are at the pool to monitor water safety and will not police social distancing. As in years past, children under 14 years old must always be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
“We understand that Perkasie’s beautiful Menlo Aquatic Center holds a very special place in the hearts of our residents” smiles Chuck Brooks, Councilman and Chair of the Borough’s Park and Recreation Committee. “We are delighted to be able to open the pool this year, albeit with a number of operational changes necessary to meet CDC and Health Department guidelines, and we are looking forward to another wonderful, safe, pool season in Perkasie.”
A complete list of guidelines for facility users, and instructions on how to register for a time slot at the pool, will be made available on the Borough’s website, on our registration system at www.PerkasieRec.com, and the Menlo Aquatic Center Facebook page. Questions can be emailed to ParkandRec@PerkasieBorough.org.
Perkasie Borough Council is asking pool users to remain flexible as procedures may change based on their experience in the first two weeks of operation, and the County’s status, whether Bucks moves to “Green” or moves back to “Red” in the coming weeks.