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Missoula splash decks opening dates still to be announced

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Posted at 1:20 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 15:20:51-04

MISSOULA — Missoula Parks and Recreation announced that splash decks and spray pools in neighborhood parks will not open on June 19 as previously publicized.

According to the Parks and Recreation website, the opening date for splash decks and pools is still to be announced.

Public health officials announced earlier this week that splash decks and spray pools fall under the state’s more stringent swimming pool reopening regulations. In order to meet the state of Montana requirements, the department must staff each splash deck and limit access to no more than 50 people at one time. Splash decks have traditionally operated with unlimited access and without Parks and Recreation staff on site.

“We realize that splash decks are an essential feature of neighborhood parks, especially as the weather warms up,” says Parks and Recreation Director Donna Gaukler in a news release. “We’re currently looking at options to comply with State and County COVID-19 requirements while also balancing costs of service delivery. We appreciate the community’s patience and cooperation as we work through the challenges of revamping our traditional systems to accommodate these new regulations and keep park users, our staff, and the community safe.”

Gaukler says she’ll announce an opening date for splash decks at Bonner, Franklin, Westside, Marilyn, Southside Lions and Sacajawea Parks in the coming weeks.

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