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The Donner Aquatic Center will not be opening for the 2020 season.

The Columbus Parks and Recreation Board has voted unanimously to not open the Donner Aquatic Center for the 2020 season. This decision was made in cooperation and consideration of city officials, local and state guidelines, and the guidance of experts in the aquatics industry.

The significant restrictions that would have to be instituted for an opening include hour restrictions, frequent closures throughout the day to sanitize, the likely elimination of parties and swim lessons, and the severe limitations on guest attendance numbers. After careful deliberation, it was deemed that these restrictions would too greatly limit services and inconvenience the public; to a point that there would be no community benefit in opening. The high health risk for aquatics staff and complications regarding proper staff safety measures were also factors in this decision. In short, the decision to not open the facility in 2020 is necessary, inevitable, and unavoidable.

This decision was difficult and not made lightly. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We are deeply saddened by this decision, but we are confident that it is the right one.

Other alternatives were explored, but ultimately we decided to join the ever-growing list of other municipalities across the country that are making the decision to not open their local pools and aquatic centers this summer. Thank you for your understanding.