Torrington, Lingle leaders submit plan for opening pools

Andrew D. Brosig/Torrington Telegram The Dale Jones Municipal Pool in Torrington currently sits empty for repairs on Monday. Despite budget shortfalls in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city has announced plans to open the facility, possibly by June 15.

Plan under review by state health officer

GOSHEN COUNTY – The mayors of Torrington and Lingle have submitted plans to open both towns’ municipal swimming pools for the summer of 2020.

Torrington Mayor Randy Adams, Lingle Mayor George Siglin and Goshen County Emergency Management Coordinator Shelly Kirchhefer worked together on the plan, though a final opening date has not been set.

The plan has been approved by Goshen County Public Health and Goshen County Public Health Officer Dr. Marion Smith, and now resides with State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist for final approval.  

The proposed plan would restrict the number of swimmers in the pools at one time, but allows multiple swim sessions throughout the day so everyone who wants to swim can do so.

The mayors elected to synchronize the respective pool openings date to prevent a surge of people at either location, Siglin said.

“We’re trying to open our pools at the same time,” Siglin said. “If we were to just open the Lingle pool, everyone from Torrington would rush over to use it which would cause problems. If we don’t open ours, everyone from here is going to rush over there and cause problems. We’re already kind of worried about that because the Scottsbluff, Neb., pools are not going to be open.”

Adams said he believes it’s important to find a way to open the pool for the benefit of the community’s children.

“I just think it’s important that we have recreation for the kids and we have a job for anywhere from a dozen to two dozen kids that need work,” he said.

For more details, see Wednesday’s Torrington Telegram.



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