CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says the city is ready to reopen some pools and summer camps starting in June.
“Programming and service centers offered by our parks and rec centers are absolutely vital to families during the summer months, and following the guidelines set forth by the governor and Dr. Acton, we have developed a plan to reopen and keep our kids safe,” Cranley said.
Director of Cincinnati Parks, Kara Kish, says that week-long camps will be available starting June 8 and will run through July 31 in the city’s nature centers and parks.
“We recognize how important these services are by providing positive nature education experiences for kids across the city,” Kish said. “My personal childhood was filled with these camps and helped to shape my love of parks.”
To abide by the social distancing guidelines, Kish says that the camps will have smaller group sizes, health checks every morning for everyone, and frequent hand washing.
The park camps expect to serve 810 campers and will provide outdoor education to up to 3,500 campers, Kish said.
Pre-school camps and grandparent camps will be suspended due to social distancing concerns and issues with camper safety.
Camps will be at:
- Trailside Nature Center
- California Woods
- Laboiteaux Woods
- Stansbury Park
- Ault Park
- French Park
- Mt. Airy Forest
In addition to the camps, seven pools throughout the city will reopen, Director of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, Daniel Betts, said.
Betts says the pools open will depend on the number of available lifeguards. You will need to make a reservation before heading to the pool.
He also mentioned that 17 out of the 23 summer day camps will operate.
Betts said that information on which pools and camps will be available later this evening.
City restaurants will be allowed to provide dine-in service starting on May 23, in accordance with the governor’s order.
Mayor John Cranley says the city will continue to respond to complaints about overcrowding but won’t be able to monitor every restaurant and bar in the city for compliance.
“We’ll do the best that we can, but at some level we need people to take responsibility for their own behavior,” the mayor said, “and the owners of these establishments need to take responsibility for their own behavior.”
As of Thursday, there have been 22 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County, bringing the total to 952.
Of the confirmed cases, 38 people are hospitalized. Health officials 43 people have died.