Louisville’s outdoor Memory Square Pool will not open this summer, and the city’s Fourth of July celebrations have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
On May 8, the Boulder County Stay at Home order was lifted and the county joined the state in a Safer at Home order. The order has guidelines prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people and requiring social distancing of 6 feet.
Staff recommended to Council to not open Memory Square Pool this summer.The Safer at Home order states outdoor pools should remain closed.
City Manager Heather Balser said city staff are concerned about the health and welfare of people, and it would not be cost effective to open the pool.
According to the staff report, to operate the pool for a season is $238,770 which includes staffing, maintenance and programming. Lafayette City Council agreed to keep The Great Outdoors Waterpark closed for the season as well.
Louisville is also looking into alternatives to standard Fourth of July celebrations.
“Staff will look into ways to engage the community virtually,” Balser said. “We do not recommend a large gathering at this time.”
According to the staff report, the annual budget for the holiday is $30,000 including fireworks, buses, music, the golf course and supplies.
While Council voiced disappointment over these decisions, they stated it was the right decision to make.
“These are sad things for me, as a new councilmember, to vote on,” said Councilmember Kyle Brown. “I think this is the right approach.”
Regarding other city facilities, which have been closed since March 16, city staff have been taking an approach to a full reopening of city facilities cautiously, according to a staff report. Staff anticipates limited services over the course of the Safer at Home phase.
“Upon opening, the services will look different and will not be delivered in the same fashion as they have been in the past,” according to the staff report.
The Louisville Library will have pick up and drop off services for books but will not have public access to the facility. City Hall will reopen June 2 from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those who wish to visit must make an appointment, and services will be limited to planning and building, financial, city clerk, the city manager’s office, public works and human resources.
The Recreation and Senior Center will remain closed, but remote fitness courses will remain online. Summer camp will not be offered to residents this summer, according to the staff report. Municipal court is scheduled to open May 26 for those with appointments.