Things Going Swimmingly At Orland Park Pool Since Reopening, Mayor Says

Bernie Tafoya
July 07, 2020 - 11:29 am
Lifeguard at Pool

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Mayor of Orland Park said everything’s going swimmingly at his village’s aquatic center, as many other municipal pools in the Southland remain closed, for the most part.

Tinley Park’s White Water Canyon Water Park will not be open at all this summer, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Palos Heights swimming pool season is “suspended” for the same reason.

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But, in Orland Park since late last week, people have been allowed to in to swim and play at the Centennial Park Aquatic Center.

Mayor Keith Pekau said his village is taking necessary precautions including limiting participation to 200 people for each session and taking the temperature of everyone before they're allowed into the aquatic center. The mayor said the capacity of the pool 1,800.

"They come for the two hours. They show up at the time of entry so say it’s noon. We let them in. We do a temperature screen on each one of those people and then they get through. I think it’s been taking us about 10 minutes to get everyone through and into the pool."

There are three two-hour sessions at the aquatic center. They are at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Only Orland Park residents are allowed for the first two sessions. Residents and non-residents are allowed at 6 p.m.

"After the two hours is up, then everyone vacates and we disinfect everything, all the slides, all the lounges, all that type stuff. Then the next group comes in," Pekau said.