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2020 Pool Season Canceled

Post Date:05/15/2020 9:57 AM

The City of Gardner is sad to announce that we are canceling the 2020 pool season at the Gardner Aquatic Center. There are a number of factors that went into this decision. Based on the current CDC and Reopen Kansas Plan guidelines, it would be very difficult to follow social-distancing and safety recommendations while operating the GAC. There is also insufficient time to rehire and effectively train seasonal staff to help patrons try and follow state guidelines. There was also a financial consideration given the economic impact the pandemic has had on the city’s revenues. The GAC operates at a loss annually under normal circumstances, and the uncertainty of the reopening timeline and the possible re-issuance of additional restrictive orders at a future date puts the city at risk for much higher losses that would be fiscally irresponsible to incur. We know the pool season is a summer highlight and eagerly anticipated by many; however, given the safety considerations noted above and the financial impact on the city’s budget, we simply cannot open the GAC this season.

Everyone who already purchased pool passes for the 2020 season will receive a full refund. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to serving you at the GAC in the future.