Pool reopens

Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center director Mary Ponasik wipes down chairs in the Vavruska pool in preparation for today's opening.

 Add the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center in Antigo to the list of facilities once again available to the community during this time of COVID-19, at least partially.

Swimmers will be pleased the Aquatic Center is reopening its doors to the public today, albeit in a limited manner.  Those wanting to take part in the current offering of activities, including lap swimming and individual water exercising will need to make a reservation.

The Competition Pool will be available for both lap swimming and water exercising with a limit of one patron per lane, while the Activity Pool will host water exercising as well, along with water walking and whirl cove use, with a limit of four patrons plus an additional two using the whirl cove.

Individuals must call 715-627-0497 to reserve pool time, which can be reserved up to a week in advance.  Time slots begin at the quarter hour and end at the top of each hour.  Patrons are asked not to arrive earlier than five minutes prior to their time slot.

“The Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center’s top priority is the safety of patrons and staff,” Aquatic Center Director Mary Ponasik said.  “We will be following guidelines from the CDC, the state of Wisconsin and the Langlade County Health Department.”

Anyone not actively swimming will need to wear a face mask and patrons will have to bring their own.

Anyone feeling ill or with any possible COVID symptoms is asked to stay home, a health check and temperature screening will be conducted upon arrival.

Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the center and restrooms open, but swimmers should be aware the locker rooms will remain closed.  Patrons will need to arrive and leave in their swimwear.

Any payment must be in the form of the exact amount, either via cash or check.  

Social distancing is required and limited equipment will be available, which will then be placed in a “used” bin on the deck to be disinfected.  Staff will be spending time cleaning and disinfecting areas and equipment in the gap between time slots.

It may seem like a lot of precautions, but necessary ones to help the Aquatic Center stay open during these challenging and ever-evolving times.