JANESVILLE

Lions Beach, the Riverside Park splash pad and the town square Bubbler are now open after delays because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a news release Wednesday, the city announced the facilities would reopen that day but patrons should adhere to public safety guidelines aimed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The city’s recreation division recommends:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands before and after using the facilities.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it regularly.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Do not bring or join large groups.
  • Limit capacity at the splash pads to 25 people at a time.

No attendants or lifeguards will be present at the beach or splash pads, according to the release.

The city announced last month it would not open Rockport Pool or the Palmer Park wading pool this summer.

City staff believes this is in the best interest of the public’s health as the novel coronavirus continues to circulate through the community, Shelley Slapak, recreation director, told The Gazette last month.

It is difficult to enforce recommended safety measures, such as social distancing and mask wearing, in pools, Slapak said.

Regularly cleaning the many surfaces and areas at the pools, such as bathrooms, changing areas, chairs and tables, would be difficult, she said.

Lions Beach is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 8. The Riverside Park splash pad is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m through Sept. 13. The town square is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Sept. 13.

All facilities are free.

The Janesville Ice Arena will reopen Sunday, June 28, for small group rentals, according to the news release.

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