Pollock Community Water Park will not open in 2020 due to health risks associated with COVID-19. The city cites an uncertainty of when the pool could safely open, and the challenges with the maintaining distancing as key factors in the decision.
The March and April 2020 Advisory Park’s Board meetings were cancelled, making it unclear if public input was involved in the decision.
According to Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff, the decision was based upon the health and safety of Oshkosh residents and city staff.
“After taking into consideration the continued protocols surrounding physical distancing and limited group gatherings that will be in place for the foreseeable future, and realizing we could not adequately clean and disinfect all the common-touch surfaces throughout the facility, we believe it is the right decision for the city and community,” Rohloff said.
The Winnebago County Health Department, of which the city of a partner, continues to recommend precautionary measures to limit exposure to the infectious disease. The department’s COVID-19 webpage states, “Slowing spread of COVID-19 is necessary to keep from overwhelming our health care system and protecting those most at risk of serious illness.”
Winnebago County has seen 80 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since monitoring began March 19, 2020, including 35 new cases in the last 10 days (April 28 -May 8, 2020), per the department’s website.
The Wisconsin Hospital Association reports 9,590 affirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin during the same period, with 384 deaths in the state and a daily average of 7 deaths. May 1st, 2020 saw the largest single day increase, with 460 new COVID-19 cases affirmed in the state.
On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments brought forth by the Republican majority in the state legislature seeking to have the state of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 efforts be determined illegal. A decision has not yet been released by the Court.
Pollock Community Water Park image courtesy of Oshkosh Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (6/2018)