-Swim Facilities Limited Due to Blue-Green Algae, Low Water Levels
-Capacity Limited Due to COVID-19 with Reservations Required
Friday, May 28, 2021 (Oakland, CA) – After a year of closure due to COVID-19, some East Bay Regional Park District swim facilities are poised to reopen for the regular season. Swimming resumes at select swim facilities the Friday of Memorial Day weekend with capacity limited due to COVID-19 and available staffing. Lake Anza and Temescal are currently closed due to unsafe cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) levels, and Shadow Cliffs and Quarry Lakes are closed for the season due to low water levels.
This year, swim facilities will have some differences from previous years due to COVID-19. Capacity will be limited, and pre-registration will be required. Every person must be registered to enter the swim area, including infants. Everyone who registers together must enter the swim area together and there will be no drop-ins or paying at the facility for extra people. Registered visitors will be issued an all-day swim pass from 11am-6pm.
“We are excited that we can once again offer swimming and other services,” said Pete DeQuincy, Aquatic Manager, Fire Department and Lifeguard Service. “Resuming swimming while navigating the ever-evolving COVID-19 restrictions has been a major undertaking for the Park District, but our resourceful staff has worked together to find the solutions necessary to make it happen.”
The Park District’s adherence to Alameda and Contra Costa County health officials’ recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic guided many of the decisions on how to safely reopen, both for visitors and the aquatics staff.
“The protocols we developed for lifeguarding, swim lessons, programming, and opening physical facilities gave been critical to our swim facilities reopening. We have worked very hard to reopen the swim facilities with the safety of the public and our staff at the forefront of planning,” added DeQuincy.
Planning is also underway to resume swimming lessons, currently slated to start in July. The swim lesson web page will be updated once registration dates are set.
For visitors who wish to book a day to swim, registration will be available two weeks in advance for any given date and can be made online or by phone. Visitors can pre-register online at www.ebparks.org/activities/swimming or by calling our Reservations Department, open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm and closed on holidays.
Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor