Recreational swimming reopens at Gainesville pools

The City of Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs has scheduled the next phase of reopening the city’s pools beginning this week as temperatures climb into the 90s.

The department’s community builders have reopened shower facilities, increased the capacity of visitors at the facilities as well as opened reservations for scheduled recreational swimming opportunities.

Two city pools are scheduled to start recreational swimming on weekends, including Memorial Day: Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool (1100 NE 14 Street) and the Andrew R. Mickle Pool (1717 SE 15 Street).

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Pools will be open for lap swimming and family swimming. Pool hours are 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday for lap swimming only and 12-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for lap and family swimming.

Advance reservations are required as pool capacity remains limited. Visitors may register as early as 3 p.m. Friday to reserve a spot on Saturday or Sunday. Phone lines for Hunter pool (352-334-2191) and Mickle Pool (352-334-2190) open 3 p.m. Friday, May 28.

Reservations also can be made online using the instructions found on the city’s website. Masks are required for entry.

The diving boards, splash pad and rock wall will also be open. The city said it is committed to restoring operations for all recreational activities in a safe, incremental approach for all visitors.

Due to an issue with the pool liner, H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool will remain as lap swim and program use only. The city expects the repair to begin this fall.

For additional information, contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs at 352-334-5067.

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