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Most splash pads, pools remain closed in Dane County

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As the warmer weather approaches this week you might find it difficult to cool down as many public pools and splash pads remain closed due to COVID-19.

While allowed to reopen under phase two of the Public Health Madison & Dane County Forward Dane plan, Middleton's splash pad will remain closed this summer.

Rebecca Price, Assistant Director of Middleton Lands, Recreation, & Forestry said they don’t use chlorine in their water which the CDC recommends using to kill germs.

The Lakeview Park where the splash pad is located is also under construction, another reason Price said it's not acceptable to reopen yet.

"We had to think about those things besides trying to maintain the six-foot required physical distancing,” said Price. 

Fitchburg and Madison splash pads are also waiting to reopen as city officials said it’s been a difficult transition as they’ve been inundated with calls from the public.

"We've been trying to help navigate people and have them understand why we’re not exactly ready to have everything open full capacity were allowed to," said Price.

Madison officials said the opening date for splash pads will depend on “resources available” to open safely but most of Dane County is focused on something else, reopening pools as soon as they can.

As temperatures are set to be in the high 90’s this week opening public pools are a top priority. Currently Walter R Bauman Aquatic Center is open and Madison’s Goodman pool is scheduled to open “soon.”


You can now get out and enjoy Dane County playgrounds as they also reopened under the second phase of the reopening plan.

Madison parks ask you to still keep six feet of distance with people outside of your household. They also recommend cleaning frequently touched places and to use hand sanitizer often.

If you see any closed signs, Madison officials said you don't need to take them down as park staff is still collecting and recycling them.

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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