Roosevelt Aquatic Center implements new schedule
To comply with an Iowa Department of Public Health requirement that the lap lane nearest the diving board be closed when the diving board is available for use, the Roosevelt Aquatic Center has implemented a new “Lap Swim/Open Swim” schedule.
The schedule is:
Monday through Friday: 6-9 a.m. lap swim; 9-11 a.m. open swim; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. lap swim; 1-5 p.m. open swim; 5-6:30 p.m. lap swim; and 6:30-8 p.m. open swim;
Saturday: 8-10 a.m. lap swim; 10 a.m. to noon, open swim; noon to 1 p.m. lap swim; and 1-4 p.m. open swim; and
Sunday: 1-5 p.m. open swim.
When each time period ends, everyone must get out of the pool behind the blue tile edge or on the bleachers to allow the lifeguards time to set up or take out swim lanes. The break start and finish time will be indicated by a whistle or verbal announcement.
During the lap swim times, only lap swimming will be allowed in the deep end of the pool. The lane nearest the bleachers will be used for scheduled aqua exercise classes; other deep water exercise may be allowed if a lane or space is available. No use of the diving board will be allowed. The shallow end is open to the public for play or for water walking.
During the open swim time, only two lap lanes will be available on a shared basis for swimmers. A rope will be in place to designate deep water, and the shallow end is open to the public for play or for water walking. The Department of Public Health is requiring the division rope to mark the deep end.
The Fairfield Park and Recreation Director Derik Wulfekuhle and aquatic director Christy Leazer realized having enough lap lanes is very important to the dedicated and occasional lap swimmers, and having access to a diving board is very important to youngsters and other divers.
Wulfekuhle and Leazer considered all the options to accommodate everyone’s needs and decided the new swim schedule would provide the best swimming opportunity for all of the center’s patrons.
Wulfekuhl and Leazer remind patrons the sauna and hot tub are open during all scheduled hours to people 18 years old or older and an ID may be needed for proof of age. They reminded patrons the sauna and hot tub are not to be used by pregnant women or anyone with contagious diseases, and any children with adults must sit on the floor surrounding the hot tub, not on the blue tile edge.