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Ballwin sets open date for North Pointe Aquatic Center

Innertubes will not be available and crowds will be sparse in the lazy river at the North Pointe Aquatic Center. [City of Ballwin photo]

On Wednesday, May 27, St. Louis County released its official guidelines for reopening Public Water Recreation Facilities and the city of Ballwin made the announcement that its North Pointe Aquatic Center will open on Monday, June 15 with restricted hours.

Two 2.5-hour sessions Monday through Sunday from noon-2:30 p.m. and from 3-5:30 p.m. will be offered. Each session will have a max capacity of 315 guests per session.

The aquatic center will be open to current pool pass holders [resident and non-resident], Platinum membership holders [resident and non-resident] and Ballwin residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents who do not have a Pool Pass or Platinum Membership will need to show their Ballwin Parks & Recreation Resident ID to pay an entrance fee. Ballwin Parks & Recreation Resident IDs and Resident Pool Passes will be available for purchase and renewal at North Pointe, as follows:

  • June 6 and 7: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • June 8 through 12: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • June 13 and 14: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Proof of residency [current utility bill] will be required to purchase a pass. Pool pass fees and daily rates can be found at ballwin.mo.us/North-Pointe-Fees. Residents will not be allowed to bring non-resident guests.

The 30-minute breaks in between sessions will allow time for patrons to exit the facility safely and for staff to disinfect and sanitize the facility, according to city officials.

According to a statement shared with West Newsmagazine, Ballwin plans to reevaluate its operations and policies regularly throughout the summer and has not ruled out non-resident admission at a later date.

In compliance with St. Louis County guidelines, the city will be adhering to the following procedures and restrictions:

  • Face coverings are required to be worn when entering, exiting, in line, using the restrooms, or any other time when you are not in the water or eating [wearing a mask in the pool is prohibited].
  • Patrons will be screened upon entering the facility. Be prepared to provide your name and phone number for contact tracing. Guests who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be admitted.
  • All North Pointe staff will be temperature checked at the beginning of their shifts.
  • The Splash Pad or Bucket Falls Kiddie Pool cannot be opened per St. Louis County guidelines. All other pools [Lazy River, leisure pool and competition pool] will be open with some modifications.
  • No lifejackets will be issued. Guests will need to bring their own Coast Guard-approved device.
  • A limited number of floating tubes for the Lazy River on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All chairs have been removed from the facility. Guests will need to bring their own.
  • Concessions will be open and operate per St. Louis County Food Code and the county’s previously issued restaurant opening protocols.
  • There will be no lost and found. All items left behind for the day will be discarded.

Residents are urged to check the city’s website [ballwin.mo.us] for the most up-to-date information.

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