Fall Season Brings Exciting Changes to Parks and Recreation Aquatics

After the summer aquatics season, Grand Junction Parks & Recreation Aquatics is ready to transition from the summer swim season at Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool to an indoor swim season at the Orchard Mesa Pool. On Monday, September 28, the Parks & Recreation Department will reopen the Orchard Mesa Pool. The facility has been closed since early March due to COVID-19.

The Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool had a successful summer season, and even extended the season through Sunday, September 27due to favorable weather. The Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool typically closes after Labor Day Weekend and is followed by the annual Dog Days event to celebrate the end of the outdoor swim season and to raise money for children and animals in the community. With the extended season at Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool, Dog Days will now be hosted on Saturday, October 3. Parks & Recreation is excited to still offer these services and events to the community while observing all public health practices to ensure the health and safety of the community.

Important dates and information to know for Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Aquatics:

  • September 27: Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool Closes for the Season
  • September 28: Orchard Mesa Community Center Reopens – Lifeguards and swim instructors have been preparing Orchard Mesa Pool to meet public health guidelines and are well-equipped to address public health concerns at the indoor facility. The pool will incorporate one-way traffic flow to encourage social distancing and will operate at a reduced capacity. All guests entering the facility are required to pay daily admission, and swimmers will be limited to two-hour blocks if capacity is reached. Frequent cleaning and sanitization of high-contact areas and surfaces will help to prevent disease transmission, and strategically placed seating will keep groups small and separated. Masks are required when guests are not actively swimming.

The Orchard Mesa Pool is also extending weekday lap swim times to accommodate additional lap and fitness users. Lane space will be available by reservation only in one-hour blocks using the online platform Skedda. Users can log on to gjparksandrec.skedda.com/booking to create an account and book lanes or Aqua Aerobics classes.

  • September 29: Learn to Swim Sessions Begin – To learn more about swim lessons and to register, please visit the aquatics page at gjparksandrec.org.
  • October 3: Dog Days at Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool – Dogs can swim around and catch frisbees and chase tennis balls on the lawn with other four-legged friends at the Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool. Entry fee for each dog is $5. Small dogs (25 pounds or less) swim from 10 am – 11 am. All dogs swim from 11 am – 2 pm. Due to COVID-19 concerns, please be considerate of other dog owners and maintain a safe physical distance. There will be a maximum capacity of 175 humans for the event. All proceeds will benefit the Roice-Hurst Humane Society and the Billy Crawford Memorial Scholarship Fund.

To read more about Grand Junction Parks & Recreation events, programs, and COVID-19 regulations, please visit gjparksandrec.org, or by calling (970) 254-3866.

Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 orgregoryl@gjcity.org

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