Outdoor public swimming pools will not be opening in the city of Richmond this summer due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Last year, the seven pools operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities saw an average of 1,200 to 1,500 visitors daily.

“The logistical challenges of being able to provide access at our outdoor pools safely this summer would severely limit the number of patrons the outdoor spaces would be able to accommodate. While this was a difficult decision, the department has determined that the challenges outweigh the benefit to the few that we would be able to safely serve,” the department said in a statement.

Indoor pools will be open for lap swimming starting Monday, July 6.

The Swansboro Indoor Pool, 3160 Midlothian Turnpike, will open for lap swim from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Bellemeade Indoor Pool, 1800 Lynhaven Ave., will begin Learn to Swim classes on Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m., with classes running each hour until 7 p.m.

These classes will be free in July and August.

Visit parksandrecreation.richmondgov.com to reserve time for lap swim or to register for a Learn to Swim class.

Or call Erica Kirkland at (804) 646-8849 or send an email to Erica.Kirkland@richmondgov.com to sign up for a Learn to Swim class.

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Summer camp offerings from the city will also change this summer due to the coronavirus.

This year, Parks and Recreation will not be offering traditional summer camps such as the Great Summer Escape Day Camp, Generation Z Teen Camp, All About Art Camp, Summer Dance Intensive and Outdoor Adventure Camp. But it will be piloting the following programs for July.

PRCF will host a free “Summer Fun Pop Up” at 20 locations across the city for children ages 6 to 12. The program will be outdoors, feature games with minimal contact, and operate from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Children 18 and under will be able to eat breakfast and lunch through the USDA Meals for Kids Federal Food Program.

Parks and Recreation is also collaborating on a “Choose Your Own Summer Adventure” virtual program with the Richmond Public Library and other local community partners that offers free art, dance and outdoor education opportunities.

While the program itself is free, parents have the option of registering their child for a Camp in the Box pack that will include all materials for art and outdoor education projects. Interested parents can register at parksandrecreation.richmondgov.com at a cost of $25 per child per week.

Those who are looking for an art-only program can also register at the above link at a cost of $50 per child, which will include a project that can be done over multiple weeks.

Both camp options will begin on Monday, July 6. “Choose Your Own Summer Adventure” will begin registration on Monday, June 22.

ccurran@timesdispatch.com

(804) 649-6151

Twitter: @collcurran

Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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