Cheney Pool to Remain Closed for the 2020 Season
We delayed making a decision regarding the status of the Cheney Municipal Pool as long as possible in hopes our region would see a reduction in the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Unfortunately, rather than a decrease in virus activity we are seeing significant increases in positive cases over the course of the last couple of weeks. This uptick in positive cases is not only affecting Spokane County as we are seeing increases in many counties across Washington as well as many other states in our nation. Thus, the Cheney Municipal Pool will remain closed for the 2020 season.
The increasing number of positive cases led Governor Inslee and Washington State Secretary of Health Dr. John Wiesman to pause the Safe Start plan, which keeps Spokane County in restrictive Phase 2. As many of you know, per the Governor’s Safe Start plan for “re-opening”, we are not authorized to open pools until we reach Phase 3. The increase in positive cases means it is highly unlikely that we will be authorized by Dr. Wiesman to move to Phase 3 in the foreseeable future. Additionally, in comments from Spokane Regional Health Director, Dr. Robert Lutz, he states that he is not in support of a move to Phase 3 until we see a local reduction in the spread of the virus. Dr. Lutz holds the key for Spokane County to unlock the door for an application to move to phase 3 as the designated County Health Official and ultimately the Regional Health Board are the decision makers with the authority to request the move. For additional information on the status of the pandemic click on the link below to reach the Washington State COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard, which provides updates on the key metrics used to determine if a county meets the criteria to move to the next phase of the Safe Start Plan.
Now, more than ever, it is critical for all of us to follow the direction of the medical professionals and maintain our physical distancing, use appropriate personal protective equipment, and most importantly stay home if you are ill or have symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 diagnosis. These are the best means we have at our disposal to halt the spread by preventing additional exposures to the virus.
We want businesses and schools to fully reopen. We want people to have the ability to socialize and participate in activities to enrich they and their family’s lives. These won’t happen if we do not make progress on stopping the spread.
We know all of this is frustrating news, but we are going to focus on making the most of some opportunities during this difficult time.
So enough with the bad news……
While the pool will not be open to the public this year, that doesn’t mean there won’t be action at the pool facility. We will be completing several projects at the pool including sandblasting and repainting the entire pool, working on the pool house and performing other deferred maintenance actions that will be tackled now that we have the time and resources to complete them. Our goal is to have the pool ready to go for a June 2021 opening.
Spray Day’s Pause – The increase in positive cases on our region, coupled with the Governor’s restriction on gatherings of people to less than 5 non-related together leads us to pause our Spray Day’s program until further notice. We are pausing this program as a means to strictly comply with the Governor’s order as well as out of an abundance of caution to prevent exposure and potential spread of the virus.
Stay tuned to the Cheney Parks and Recreation Department’s various digital media platforms for updates on the status of current programs.