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City of Parma to close pool for the summer

"To require children to remain six feet apart while in the pool is not practical."

PARMA, Ohio — As part of its reopening plan, the state of Ohio has given the green light for pools, day camps, and non-contact sports to open up in time for the summer.

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However, not all communities believe the time is right.

In a letter to residents, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Recreation Director Mickey Vittardi announced that the city's pool will remain closed for the summer. 

“Enforcing social distancing as required by the governor would be difficult, if not impossible,” the duo wrote. “To require children to remain six feet apart while in the pool is not practical. Additionally, it’s not realistic to think that we could enforce the many requirements given by the order as it relates to pools.”

In addition, several other summer programs have been canceled:

  • Parma Family Movie Night
  • Parma Pride Program
  • Parma-Parma Heights summer band concerts

However, the city has stated that the following sports programs will take place this summer:

  • Adult softball will start on May 26, and will follow the governor’s guidelines
  • Youth baseball/softball will begin on June 29 (tot T-ball and boys and girls T-ball will be canceled, however)
  • A modified junior golf program will begin in mid-June.
  • Youth tennis will tentatively begin with the scheduled second session starting July 6.

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