Arlington’s Two Family Aquatic Centers Set to Open May 30, 2020
By Melissa Entralgo, Arlington Parks & Recreation
Posted on May 21, 2020, May 21, 2020

Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center

Please note, the information below is subject to change at any time as new information and resources become available.

In accordance with Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas, Arlington Parks & Recreation Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center located at 1924 Randol Mill Park Rd. Arlington, TX 76012 and Bad Königshofen Family Aquatic Center located at 2800 W Sublett Rd, Arlington, TX 76017 will reopen in a limited capacity on Saturday, May 30, 2020. The remaining outdoor pools will follow on June 12, more information to follow.

Following industry leaders, we are implementing many changes as we work toward a new operating normal. We appreciate your patience and flexibility, as your safety and health remain our top priority.

 The pool’s 2020 operating dates are May 30 through August 16, 22-23, 29-30, and September 5-7.

 Arlington Aquatics outdoor pools are now operating by two-hour reservations with a mandatory 30-minute sanitation shutdown in between each time slot. These reservations can be made online starting Wednesday, May 27 at naturallyfun.org. You will need to create an Active Net account to register. The cost is $6 per person regardless of height and infants 12 months and under are free. There will be no season passes this summer.

 The pools will be operating at 25% capacity allowing Arlington Aquatics to serve 200 patrons at a time. This includes all swimmers and non-swimmers that enter the pool grounds. No re-entry will be granted. Everyone must exit the pool gates at the end of their time slot. If you choose to make a second reservation for the same day, you may do so, but will still be asked to exit with all your personal belongings during the sanitation shutdown. Every person who enters the pool gates must pay the daily admission whether swimming or not. For help with reservations, please call the Parks Administration Office at 817-459-5483.

 Following the two-hour reservation system, here are the new pool hours:

Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center

Mondays 2 p.m.-4 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., and 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12 p.m.-2 p.m., 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., and 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Sundays 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

The pool is closed on Wednesdays.

During the dates we are open from August 10-30 and the Labor Day holiday weekend, the last reservation ends at 4:30 p.m. daily.

Bad Königshofen Family Aquatic Center

Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12 p.m.-2 p.m., 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., and 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Wednesdays 2 p.m.-4 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., and 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Sundays 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

During the dates we are open from August 10-30 and the Labor Day holiday weekend, the last reservation ends at 4:30 p.m. daily.

At this time, rentals are not permitted including pavilions. Camps or large groups that used to drop-in will need to reach out to Maria Campbell, Arlington Aquatics Manager, maria.campbell@arlingtontx.gov or call 817- 459-5481 to register.

Along with the reduction of patron capacity, seating capacity has also been reduced to help maintain social distancing outside of the water.

The 30-minute sanitation shutdown allows the lifeguards to clear the pool, wipe down (sanitize and disinfect) the high-touch areas and prepare for the next set of patrons. The staff will be utilizing a sanitizing and disinfecting solution comprising one-part bleach to 10-parts water

 Upon arrival, visitors will line up outside the gates following the social distance stickers until the gates are open for the next time slot. Visitors can expect no contact check-ins. Please print your reservation receipt or have it pulled up on your phone, for streamlined access. You may see staff and members wearing face masks and gloves—just know that the staff is smiling and happy to see you! Face masks and gloves are not required during your visit. There is one designated entrance and one designated exit at the pools. High-touch surface areas will be disinfected regularly throughout the day.

 Along with equipment, visitors must also disinfect personal belongings upon arrival and exit. Sanitizing stations have been set up throughout the facility, which visitors can use as frequent as desired.

 Staff and visitors are expected to self-screen before entering.

 Sanitation stations will be set up throughout the pool area for use before visitors enjoy the diving board, or the water slides. Along with sanitation, guards will be spacing out the flow of patrons on the lazy river.

 Parks staff is working closely with the Arlington Fire Department to monitor and implement a reasonable reopening timeline that complies with Gov. Abbott’s latest executive orders, the City’s Roadmap to Reopen and Recover plan and social distancing recommendations from local health officials and the CDC.

 Arlington Aquatics wants to address your concerns and questions, here are a few we think you might have:

 What personal items am I allowed to bring?

Coolers are still welcome. Instead of guards checking at the gate, we will ask you to go through your cooler in front of staff. With limited seating, we also recommend an umbrella if you want to guarantee a shaded spot.

Will restrooms be open?

Yes, restrooms will be open for use. Every other stall is available. Hand washing is required.

How do I go about enjoying the pool for the whole day?

Unfortunately, other than registering for every time slot and paying the $6 entry fee for each, there is no other way. And don’t forget you will be required to leave for the full 30 sanitation shutdown.

If my kids are swimming, but I’m not, do I still have to pay?

Yes, everyone who will be entering the pool grounds must pay the $6 entry fee.

Will all amenities be available at the pools?

Yes, the splash pad at Bad Königshofen Family Aquatic Center will be on and slides will be open with new sanitation protocols as well as the diving board and kids play pool and mushroom at Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center.

What if I forgot to register but show up at the pool?

You must register before arrival. Drop-in will be allowed if there are spots still available. We can’t guarantee you entry and highly encourage registration.

How early should I arrive?

We recommend arriving close to your registered time slot, 10 minutes prior is more than enough.

If I don’t want to stay the full two hours, will I be able to leave?

Yes, you are free to leave at any time. However, there is no re-entrance, so please make sure you bring everything you need in with you.

Am I able to arrive at any time within my time slot?

Yes, but regardless of when you enter, you must exit along with all visitors at the designated end time and you will not be allowed re-entrance.

Can I bring pool toys?

Yes, but you will be required to sanitize all personal items upon entry.

Am I able to use a locker during my visit?

No, lockers will not be available for use. All personal items must stay with you.

Will I be guaranteed a chair or shade, can I request the pavilion?

No, due to space and social distancing, we can’t guarantee you will be getting a chair or shade, or a spot under the pavilion. Upon arrival seating will be done by staff, hostess style. The spot you are given arrive will be your spot for your two-hour window.

Do you plan on allowing rentals at all this summer?

We hope to, at this phase they are not allowed. Once we can open for rentals, we will make an announcement on Facebook as well as an update on our website. We will be hosting a rental day if and when that time comes.

When will the other pools be opening?

All remaining outdoor pools will be open June 12. Staff is still finalizing information. Once we know more, we will make another announcement and provide operating hours, entry costs, etc.

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