Edina joins growing list of cities that have canceled summer programs, closed pools

The aquatic center doesn't offer proper social distancing, the city says.
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The city of Edina is the latest to announce city programs are canceled or postponed and facilities will be closed for the summer. 

In a May 11 news release, the city said it will close the Edina Aquatic Center for the 2020 season and recreation programs are canceled or postponed through Aug. 14.

“We evaluated safety measures for staff and patrons, as well as reviewed current executive orders and public health guidance, and ultimately came to the conclusion that there isn’t a manageable way to operate the Edina Aquatic Center and offer most recreation programs this summer,” said Parks and Recreation Director Perry Vetter in a news release.

“This pandemic has made it especially challenging to navigate decisions surrounding the recreational services we know mean so much to our community. We will continue to search for innovative ways to maintain services safely and make decisions using the best information and resources available.” 

The city notes that the aquatic center doesn't allow for the proper social distancing. It also based its decision on not to open this summer on the uncertainty of opening dates, availability of protective equipment, training staff and the need for ongoing sanitation and disinfection. 

The city does plan to reopen the Edina Aquatic Center in 2021. 

The recreation programs that have been canceled include adaptive, child/youth, teen and family. Most programs and events at closed recreation facilities are postponed or canceled until further notice.

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The facilities that are closed until further notice are Braemar Arena, Braemar Field, Edina Senior Center, Edina Art Center, Edinborough Park and Hughes Pavilion at Centennial Lakes Park.

Postponed recreation programs, which could end up being rescheduled, include adult activities and adult and youth athletics. The city will issue full refunds for aquatic center season passes and for programs that can't be rescheduled. 

Edina joins a growing list of cities that are canceling or postponing recreation programs and closing facilities for the summer.

Minneapolis closed all city beaches, pools and playgrounds, meanwhile St. Paul has closed all playgrounds and sports courts. And in Coon Rapids, the large waterpark will not open for the summer.

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