Paradice Island Closed for Summer 2020 Season
The Commerce City Parks, Recreation & Golf Department has made the difficult decision to keep Paradice Island and the outdoor splash pad at Pioneer Park closed for summer 2020.
We made the decision to close the pool for the following reasons:
- The health and safety of our residents and employees is our first priority. Approximately 40,000 people visit Paradice Island in the summer and it would be challenging to manage social distancing requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
- Even with a delayed opening date, it is difficult for staff to recruit, on-board, and safely train lifeguards and other employees in a timely manner. The level of staff required to operate the pool makes it impossible to open and manage the pool safely this summer.
- With the stay at home order in place in effect since March 26, staff and inspectors have not been able to complete the required safety inspections to open the pool.
- There is a lack of sanitizing products and personal protective equipment and ordering and receiving these items at this time is difficult.
The Parks, Recreation & Golf Department continues to monitor public health and safety guidelines as set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Tri-County Health. To date, neither organization has released guidelines for aquatic facilities. The CDC has previously stated that the public should not use “playgrounds (including water playgrounds), hot tubs, or spas.” Given the uncertainty, we cannot safely open the outdoor leisure pool or the outdoor water splash pad to the public.
We know that recreation is important to the well-being of our community. The city is constantly evaluating the COVID-19 situation to determine when we can safely reopen facilities to the public. Visit c3gov.com/recreation for more information. View pool FAQs here.
We’re in this together, Commerce City. Stay safe and stay well!