MILWAUKEE -- All Milwaukee County indoor and outdoor deep-well pools will remain closed for the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Milwaukee County Parks announced Friday.
"This was an incredibly difficult decision, because we know what our pools mean to our community," Jen Francis said on a Zoom news conference.
"A good portion" of the county's wading pools and splash pads will still open this summer, Francis added.
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Hoyt Park Pool, which is operated by a non-profit organization, is still planning to reopen as well.
The pool closures include Cool Waters Aquatic Park in Greenfield Park, Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park, Pelican Cove in Kosciuszko Park, Noyes Indoor Pool, Pulaski Indoor Pool, and outdoor pools at Washington Park, McCarty Park, Jackson Park, Sheridan Park, Holler Park, Hales Corners Park, Wilson Park and Grobschmidt Pool.
“Every decision we’re making right now is focused on the safety of our park visitors and our staff,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. “It’s essential that our services support public health. Unfortunately, the challenges of both COVID-19 and the county’s fiscal reality have brought us to this difficult decision.”
Lifeguards will also not be present at Bradford Beach this summer, the county says.
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