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.
Author:
Publish date:

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.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

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.

Next Up

GFGLogo

Golf spots still available for the Rod Simons Memorial Golf for the Gift of Adoption

The annual golf tournament is THIS TUESDAY at Troy Burne in Hudson, Wisconsin.

police tape, crime scene

Police investigating Saturday homicide in Austin

Officers responded to a report of a woman shot in a house in Austin just before 2 a.m. Saturday.

fire, firefighter

2 dead in Wadena County house fire, boy survives

The fire was reported around 3:50 a.m. Sunday.

Jose Berrios

BerrĂ­os dominates in first start with Blue Jays

The former Twin made a great first impression with his new team.

Lauri Markkanen

Report: Timberwolves interested in sign-and-trade for Lauri Markkanen

The Wolves will look to upgrade at power forward in free agency.

Suni Lee

Suni Lee, Regan Smith take home Olympic medals Sunday

Lee won bronze in the uneven bars final, while Smith won silver in the 4x100-meter medley relay.

Screen Shot 2021-08-01 at 9.16.26 AM

'Zero respect for authority': Olmsted Co. Fair wracked by wave of juvenile disturbances

Fair officials imposed strict new rules to deal with the problem.

ambulance, crash

Baby dies, 5 injured when SUV flips over fence onto I-94 in Brooklyn Center

Alcohol was detected on the driver, according to the State Patrol.

minneapolis police

Police say officers were shot at in north Minneapolis

Officers were checking into a suspicious activity report when gunfire erupted.

5266815680_05d882aa85_h

Walmart to mandate COVID vaccine for some managers, corporate employees

The company will also reinstate mask mandates for employees in high-transmission areas.

Minneapolis police

Driver plows into crowd after downtown Minneapolis brawl

Two suspects have reportedly been identified.

Related

Edina water tower.

Edina bans 'group play' after large gatherings seen over weekend

The city says some residents and visitors aren't complying with social distancing.

beach, swimming

All beaches, public pools in Bloomington closed for entire summer

It follows a prior announcement that the City of Minneapolis made.

face mask

Edina makes wearing a mask mandatory to slow spread of COVID-19

State department of health and the CDC recommend wearing face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Edina minnesota

Edina votes to extend its mandatory face mask requirement

The citywide policy was put in place for three days, but is now extended for the foreseeable future.

st anthony main theater

Minneapolis movie theater says it's reopening in June

It says it will encourage social distancing in theaters.

maplewood nature center

Maplewood Nature Center closing indefinitely, staff laid off

The city said it had to make a "tough financial decision."

facemask

Edina, Mankato among latest cities considering mask requirements

State department of health and the CDC recommend wearing face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.