City of Boise pools not opening this summer

Posted at 10:27 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 21:30:38-04

BOISE, Idaho — Swimming pools owned by the City of Boise and the Boise Parks and Recreation Department will not open this year. Uncertainty around the coronavirus, public safety and cost factored into the decision.

“The health and safety of our residents is important – and this was a very tough call,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “After taking into consideration the continued protocols surrounding physical distancing and limited group gatherings that will be in place for the foreseeable future, and understanding the impact that would have on our admissions and fiscal accountability, we believe it is the right decision for the city and the community. We know this is disappointing news for many families and we look forward to reopening safely in 2021.”

There will be no Youth Summer Recreational Swim team or any swimming lessons in 2020.

The city owns and operates six outdoor pools throughout Boise:

  • Borah Pool (801 Aurora Dr.)
  • Fairmont Pool (7929 W. Northview St.)
  • Ivywild Pool (2250 S. Leadville Ave.)
  • Lowell Pool (1601 N. 28th St.)
  • Natatorium Pool and Hydrotube (1725 E. Warm Springs Ave.)
  • South Pool (921 S. Shoshone St.)