After a summer that saw the closure of the city’s pool and the drastic curtailment of activities for young people as the pandemic rolled on, the city of Terrell intends to reopen its pool at Ben Gill Park in June and run a full slate of youth sports.
Such was the report given to the City Council on Tuesday night by Public Services Director Glenn Caldwell. The pool schedule is subject to change in response to COVID-19 protocols.
The tentative date to open the pool is Monday, June 7. The pool is expected to stay open through Aug. 8. The pool is scheduled to be open for public swimming between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Swimming lessons will be scheduled in the morning and evening. As it stands now, the pool will not be open for Sunday parties.
The city is expected this month to begin recruitment of lifeguards, water safety instructors and COVID-19 monitors. Training is expected to begin in late March.
CDC regulations will be enforced at the pool, which will be open at 50% capacity, or 50 people. Swimmers will be encouraged to socially distance.
“We’ll have far fewer people that we normally would,” Caldwell said.
City summer youth programs, in association with the Terrell ISD and various organizations, include fishing, roping, baseball and softball, soccer, football, track & field, tennis and guard games (swimming). All programs will adhere to CDC guidelines to minimize the risk of COVID-19.
One of the summer programs expected to draw high participation is baseball, for which registration began Jan. 23. About 300 players, including about 30 from Terrell, have already signed up for 4U-14-U. According to Caldwell, five tournaments already are booked for Terrell.
“We’re really making some headway,” he said.
Softball registration is pending, but Caldwell believes “we’re going to have a very successful season.”
Regarding the entire youth sports program, Caldwell said, “We’re excited for this season. We’ve made substantial progress and we hope y’all will come out and support our youth sports.”
Councilman Tim Royse applauded the work done by Caldwell and his department.
“Hooray. A lot of work’s been done here. It’ll be encouraging to see tournaments in town,” he said, noting that they can bring 2,000 or 3,000 people to the city and give a lift to local businesses.
Royse said he’d like to see a report with metrics on the impact youth sports tournaments have on Terrell. Royse said he’d also like to see the city step up efforts to promote and inform the public about its youth sports programs.