FLORENCE, Ky. (FOX19) – The Florence Aquatic Center will not open for the 2021 pool season for the second year in a row due to COVID-19 restrictions, city officials announced Monday.
The city’s contractual obligations with the company that manages pool services, including the staffing of lifeguards and general operations, requires Florence officials to make a decision now.
“Recreational facilities are currently advised to limit their capacity to 60% occupancy,” Florence officials say in a release on the city’s website.
“Due to the uncertainty with restrictions and the potential of a shortened pool season, if cases start to spike, the City made the tough decision not to open this summer. We are disappointed and I am sure many of you are as well. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to a better experience and a restriction-free year in 2022.”
For Sophialyn Wolfe, the Florence Aquatic Center is like a second home during summer.
“During the summertime, we’re here at least four days a week, even mornings,” says Wolfe. “We’re here in the afternoons or evenings for swim meets on Thursdays.”
Wolfe’s summer essentials consist of a swimsuit, swim cap, and goggles.
When she’s not racing between the lanes, she is relaxing by the lazy river or cheering on her Florence Hammerheads teammates.
“And there’s so much this pool has to offer,” Wolfe says. “First off, the swim team. It’s a way I can see friends I don’t see throughout the year. It’s a way I can exercise too.”