Can my family stay for more than one hour?
- Yes. Families are welcome to purchase as many time blocks as they’d like. The fee is simply $10/hour for up to four people.
- If more than one hour is purchased, your family can leave your belongings in your designated space during the sanitation period. However, all individuals must exit the pool facilities during the sanitation period.
Can I purchase a seasonal pass as I have in previous summers?
- No. We are unable to offer a seasonal pass this year. We cannot guarantee that all families would receive the same amount of time blocks, due to the nature of the booking process. The value of the seasonal pass would have ultimately been different for each family based on the number of time slots they were able to reserve.
Why is the fee higher than previous summers?
- The Walpole Public Pools (Center Pool, South Pool, and the Splash Pad) operate on user fees that are collected. These facilities are largely self-sufficient and very little is subsidized by tax appropriation.
- While capacity has been reduced to 40% by State guidelines, our utilities, chemical, and supply costs remain the same.
Why does my family have to pre-register for a time block?
- Selling reservations for specific time blocks allows us to control capacity. For contact tracing purposes required by the Health Department, this also enables us to identify exactly who was in attendance at the pools, in the event of an exposure to COVID-19.
What if my family is comprised of more than four people?
- Each “plot” can comfortably seat four people during your reserved time block. If your family has more than four people, an additional plot can be purchased to accommodate the additional members. No more than four members will be permitted for each reservation.
Is changing allowed in the restrooms?
- No. In accordance with State guidelines, changing in the restrooms is not allowed during Phase II. As is the case with many of our restrictions this year, as more information becomes available, we will reassess and adjust our pool rules accordingly.
Is social distancing required at the pools?
- Yes. In accordance with State guidelines, social distancing of at least 6’ is required for all individuals outside of a household group and applies to deck areas, bathrooms, or wading areas. No one should congregate in the water or on the pool deck.
Are face masks required?
- Yes. Face masks will be required when entering the pool facilities, using the restrooms, and in other circumstances that do not allow for social distancing.
- Face masks are not to be worn while in the water.
Why is the final pool information different from the survey?
- The survey was merely a data collection tool that was used to give guidance to the Recreation Department, the Recreation Committee, Town Administration and the Health Department, as a new format was established for the 2020 Swim Season. The information in the survey was never intended as a vehicle to inform the public on what the swim season was going to look like. The survey was a tool that was utilized in formulating a plan that financially allowed the department to operate the aquatics facilities, while safely adhering to State guidelines. As more information becomes available throughout the phased reopening of Massachusetts, the Recreation Department will make adjustments as needed.