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Greenwood's Freedom Springs Aquatic Center to open Monday

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Posted at 11:11 AM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 15:24:22-04

GREENWOOD — Greenwood's Freedom Springs Aquatic Center is scheduled to open for the summer on Monday with precautions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

According to a news release from the city of Greenwood, the aquatic center, which drew a record 120,000 attendees in 2019, will be open through Sept. 7.

“City leadership has worked tirelessly to finalize the operational plans for this public amenity, and throughout this process, our main priority has been the health and safety of all residents and visitors,” Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers said. “We understand the demand for Freedom Springs will remain very strong throughout the summer, and we want everyone to feel confident and safe when visiting the facility.”

A news release said the Greenwood Parks Department has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and guests will be required to adhere to specific policies:

  • Maximum capacity of 700
  • Facility will only be open to season pass holders through July 4; day passes will be accepted following the holiday
  • Everyone entering the facility must be screened, including employees
  • Six feet social distancing will be enforced with floor markings in place for guidance
  • Concession area seating is moved to shelters one and two
  • Family restrooms are strictly for families and ADA use only
  • Sunscreen stations have been converted to sanitizing stations
  • Lounge chairs have been placed to meet the six feet distance requirement
  • Tube capacity has been reduced
  • Lockers will remain closed until July 4
  • No shelter/party rentals until further notice
  • Cabanas are closed until further notice
  • North service gate is reserved as an exit only

This year, Freedom Springs will open an additional shelter house with seating and have additional concrete decking around the lap pool.

Season passes are available at the Greenwood Community Center and can be purchased at Freedom Springs beginning Wednesday.