When Jacksonville’s pools, camps and youth activities reopen

The city will soon begin a gradual reopening of municipal swimming pools and summer activities for young people, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said on Wednesday.

On June 8, five swimming pools will reopen:

Cecil Aquatic Center
(Card) 13611-A boul. Normandy
573-8994

Charles Clark Pool
(Card) 8793 Sibbald Road
768-6422

Julius Guinyard Pool
(Card) 1358 Jefferson Street,
630-0994

Oceanway Pool
(Card) 12215 Sago Avenue West
757-8704

Woodland Acres Pool
(Card) 8200 Kona Avenue.

The opening hours of the swimming pool will be Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Cecil Aquatic Center will be open Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We will be opening additional pool locations as staff are hired and processed,” Curry said.

Swimming pools on the property of Duval County Public Schools will remain closed for now, but the mayor said: “We hope to have access to these facilities in July.”

City camp programs are also making a comeback.

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The city plans to offer parents full-time, half-day and day deposit options.
“We are reducing the size of the camps to 30 participants or less. Group activities will take place with 10 participants or less, ”said the mayor.

All campers will be encouraged to wear face coverings and fabric masks. Masks, hand sanitizers and gloves will be provided to all camp monitors, along with daily sanitization.

City camps will run from June 15 to July 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with lunch provided. Curry said locations and details will be posted on the Jax Parks webpage.

The mayor’s administration also publishes a set of guidelines for youth sports associations.

“As a former youth coach for my kids, I’m thrilled that our kids are coming back to the pitch,” said Curry.

The guidelines include limiting the size of groups and the number of groups practicing. The number of players in canoes or on the sidelines will be limited, and the players will be distributed among the stands.

The mayor said shared equipment such as bats and balls should be disinfected after each use.

“Please continue to wear masks when traveling in populated areas, especially indoors. Wash hands frequently. Keep group sizes small and socially at bay. The virus is with us, but it is not spreading. We broadcast it. By being safe and responsible, we can manage this and restore our city and our economy, ”said Curry.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

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