Paris residents may need to find another way to beat the heat this summer than by taking a dip in the pool.
Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers said the city swimming pool would not open for regular operations this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the many challenges and uncertainties presented by the virus.
“The pool was talked about at our last council meeting and was decided not to open this year. We want to be conservative financially this summer due to the unknown.”
Mayor Rogers said that with the money it costs every year to prepare the pool for opening, combined with not knowing what will happen over the summer, the council decided to take a conservative approach due to restrictions and close this summer.
“I hate it for the children, but hopefully, being cautious will get life back to normal soon.”
Booneville city pool will also not be opening for the 2020 season.
For the first time since city parks closed two months ago, Paris has a plan to reopen parks to the public as coronavirus restrictions continue to fall away.
City parks will move into the reopening phase, according to Mayor Rogers, with some restrictions regarding social distancing to prioritize the health and wellness of the community through this pandemic.
“We are encouraging residents to follow the CDC guidelines and continue social distancing.”