The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and residents in Parkes are eagerly reaching for their speedos, goggles and kickboards in preparation for the 2021-22 pool season open.
The Parkes Aquatic Centre will officially open its doors to the community for the summer season this Saturday, October 9.
Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM, said that while the pool was set to open soon, there would be some changes giving the COVID-19 situation.
"As the warmer weather approaches and we come into spring, we are excited that the pools are re-opening however, similar to last year, please expect some changes and strict guidelines to be put in place as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic," he said.
"We ask that our community and visitors please respect these restrictions and changes as staff are doing their best to keep the facility a safe place for everyone to enjoy."
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The council also coordinates a Learn to Swim Program, operating from October to March, at the Parkes Aquatic Centre, and registrations are now open.
It is available for different ages (from six months old) and abilities with forms available on the council's website.
Season tickets for the 2021-22 season can be purchased from the Parkes Pool kiosk, which will be open today and tomorrow between 12pm and 6pm.
The township pools of Peak Hill, Tullamore and Trundle are expected to open on Saturday, October 30, for their upcoming swimming seasons.
Changes to 2021/22 season
- From Monday - Friday between 1.30 - 3pm the pool will be closed to the public for cleaning sanitisation in line with government COVID-19 regulations
- All visitors will be required to sign in using the NSW Health COVID-19 QR Code
- Physical distancing measures including restrictions in changerooms and the number of swimmers per lane will apply
- All people over the age of 16 will be required to show proof of double vaccination status to enter shire pools from Monday, October 11
For additional information, please contact the Parkes Aquatic Centre on 02 6862 6001 or visit the Parkes Shire Council's website.
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