VANDALIA — For safety reasons, Cassel Hills Pool will be adhering to its admission policy starting July 14. This policy will affect daily admission guests and will not affect season pass holders.
Starting July 14 the pool will be limiting the number of patrons permitted in the facility. After 250 patrons of any age enter Cassel Hills Pool, pool staff will not permit paid daily admission entries until after 4:30 p.m. Only season pass holders will be admitted after the pool reaches 250 patrons on any given day.
Passes will be sold at half price at the Vandalia Recreation Center starting Wednesday, July 5. An unlimited number of passes can be sold to City of Vandalia residents. 100 passes are available to non-residents.
“It’s been very busy this summer thanks to heat and humidity,” said Vandalia Parks and Recreation Director Steve Clark. “This is a way to combat overcrowding and still allow pass holders to get in.”
Recreation Supervisor Jeff Kreill said that large numbers of swimmers can cause cloudy water due to high levels of oil products in the water. This caused primarily due to sunscreen. Kreill said patrons can help with this problem by showering before getting in the pool and follow the directions on sunscreen bottles.
“Most brands direct users to apply sun block 15 minutes before getting in the water,” said Kreill. “When sun block is applied immediately before entering the water, most of it ends up in the water and contributes to the cloudy water.”
The cloudy water is of particular concern for lifeguards who must be able to see clearly.
“The last thing anyone wants is a drowning because lifeguards could not adequately recognize an emergency due to cloudy water,” said Kreill.
Anyone with questions about the policy can contact Aquatics Supervisor Steve Trick at 415-2338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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