Pools to remain closed throughout the month of May

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – It is going to be a hot summer with public pools closed for at least another month. 


Public pools such as the Russell Sims Aquatics Center at Preston Miller Park will not be cooling anyone down this month.


The opening date for public pools is up in the air as Gov. Andy Beshear has advised against opening pools during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 “We’ll at the best have a delayed start and we’ll just where the recommendations go throughout the rest of this month. We will just see. But obviously we will have to monitor that before we make an official decision about the entire summer,” Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Director Brent Belcher said.


And for the spray grounds at Lampkin Park and Circus Square Fountain, they may remain dry for the summer.


“Public spray grounds throughout the state are probably not going to open whether it’s in Bowling Green or not because of the same issues that people are going to have,” said Belcher.


Officials encourage at home play such as Slip ‘N Slides and sprinklers.


“That might be the next thing that sells out quickly from the mass buying, I guess, to be ready to go out and hook your hose up for it,” said Belcher.


In Morgantown, Mayor Billy Phelps announced Friday, Morgantown pools will remain closed throughout the summer.


“We need to keep people safe, and the first part of that is social distancing and there is no possible way to do that at our city pools. We’re just taking steps to make sure that it stays safe and that we keep our community informed,” said Phelps.


Bowling Green and Morgantown officials say they will continue to follow along with the guidance of the governor in their decision-making processes.