Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Heads up: Pools in James City County now open

Children in a swimming pool
Unlike these swimmers, guests in James City County’s pools will need to stay 10 feet apart. (WYDaily file/Adobe)

James City County’s two outdoor pools are now open for the summer.

Phase 3 of Gov. Northam’s plan for reopening Virginia allows for pools to reopen at 75 percent capacity – but only if 10 feet can be maintained between swimmers.

James City County has implemented some new safety measures for the pools in Chickahominy Riverfront Park and Upper County Park in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release from the county.

Both pools will have their capacity of active swimmers reduced and will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. When a pool is at maximum capacity, guests will be placed on a waiting list until other people have exited the pool.

Shelters will be provided for patrons while they wait. Sixty patrons are allowed in the pool at Chickahominy Riverfront; 50 at Upper County Park.

Swimmers must remain at least 10 feet apart. Tables and chairs will also be placed 10 feet apart and will be sanitized after each use.

Patrons are asked to wear masks when entering the pool deck and when ordering concessions. Masks are not required on the pool deck.

Some amenities are closed, including the baby pool, the splash pad and the slides.

The pools will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Pool parties and after-hour rentals are not available.

The daily entry fees are as follows:

  • For Williamsburg and James City County residents:
    • Children 5 & younger: Free
    • Youth (6-17 years): $3
    • Adults (18-54 years): $4
    • Seniors 55+: $3
  • Non-Residents:
    • Children 5 & younger: Free
    • Youth (6-17 years): $5
    • Adults (18-54 years): $6
    • Seniors 55+: $5

Season passes can be purchased on the county’s website and can be used at both pools.

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