Mayor Announces Select Public Swimming Pools To Open In June, Temporary Return Of Retired Fire Chief

Mayor Announces Select Public Swimming Pools To Open In June, Temporary Return Of Retired Fire Chief

A major announcement on Lincoln’s public pools.

At today’s mayoral COVID-19 press conference, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said, stating June 15th, five public swimming pools will re-open to the public with restriction.

Pools set to be open include:

  1. Arnold Pool in Airpark
  2. Ballard Pool in Northeast Lincoln
  3. Bellmount Pool in Northwest Lincoln
  4. Irvingdale Pool in South Lincoln
  5. Woods Pool in central Lincoln

Conditions Include:

  • Open swim periods will be 90 minutes long and organized into 3 daily sessions at 12 PM 2 PM and 4 PM
  • Guests will be required to have their temperature taken before entering
  •  Names and phone numbers will be recorded (for contact tracing purposes)
  • Swimmers will be expected to socially distance themselves
  • Swimmers will be required to wash with soap before entering a pool.
  • No private rentals

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Also announced; a familiar face is returning to Lincoln and Fire and Rescues.

Mayor Leieron Gaylor Baird said she has asked former LFR Fire Chief Michael Despain to return to the role in a temporary capacity and he has accepted.

She said the decision to ask Despain to return was made after it was clear a robust process to search for a permanent new Fire Chief wouldn’t be possible during the pandemic.

Current Interim Fire Chief, Pat Borer, will return to the assistant Fire Chief Role when Despain arrives on July 15th.