Colburn Pool reopens as Green Bay’s only city pool

The number of visitors is restricted to allow social distancing
Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 3:20 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2020 at 4:49 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Kids and families splashed into summer Tuesday as Green Bay’s improved Colburn Pool opened for the first time after months of construction. It’s the first city pool to open this season -- and we’re told it will likely be the only city pool because of staffing shortages.

Eager swimmers started to fill the pool at noon. The sounds of kids splashing and laughing were heard at Colburn Pool for the first time in almost two years.

“We’ve been getting a lot of requests --and it’s been really hot the last couple of weeks, so we’ve been getting a lot of calls when the pool would open. ‘When is the pool going to open?’” James Andersen, assistant director of the Green Bay Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, said.

“Just the enjoyment of seeing all of the kids here in the park and the pool being back open, it’s been a long time. So, being here in this neighborhood for 48 years, it means a lot to me,” Scott Wagner of the Colburn Park Association said.

Wagner grilled burgers and hot dogs as the association provided a free lunch in celebration of the pool’s opening.

Terajai stopped for a bite on her first visit to Colburn Pool.

“I’m very excited because I love swimming. I’m a fish,” she said.

The city limits the number of guests to allow for appropriate physical distancing wherever visitors are in the pool area.

Swimming at Colburn Pool is on a first-come, first-serve basis of two-hour time slots with breaks to sanitize in-between.

“We have a 128 capacity per two-hour time frame. So, from 12:00 to 2:00, 2:30 to 4:30, and 5:00 to 7:00, 128 people can all be in the pool at that time,” Andersen explained.

On weekends, the time slots are 11 A.M. to 1 P.M., 1:30 to 3:30, and 4:00 to 6:00.

“We believe we can do this very safely, and if people work with us and hopefully encourage them to follow some of those safety rules we have in place here, I think we’re going to have a great season,” Andersen said.

Swimmers are advised that parts of the pool won’t be available for open swim due to swimming lesson programs happening at the same time during the 5 - 7 p.m. session on Monday - Friday.

In addition, access to changing areas, restrooms and showers will be limited, and no congregating will be allowed. Pool officials ask that all visitors come “swim-ready.”

Officials also say face coverings will be recommended when visitors are on the pool deck, waiting in line or speaking with staff, but shouldn’t be work in the water.

The pool re-opening guide states pool staff will be required to wear face coverings, and lifeguards who are in an elevated stand won’t have required to wear a face covering while on surveillance duty.

Admission will be $3.50 per guest, which will allow admittance to the current swim sessions.

You can read the full re-opening guide by clicking here.

We’ve been following developments regarding Colburn Pool for years.

As Action 2 News had previously reported, the pool had tentatively planned to reopen the first week of July, however that plan was delayed due to construction taking longer than expected.

The pool was closed for the summer last year after a burst pipe flooded the basement of the pool house, and renovations wrapped up just last week.

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