WABASH CO., Ill. (WFIE) - The Mount Carmel City Pool will not be opening this summer. This comes as a decision from the city council on Monday.
The decision is, in part, due to the capacity limitations the pool would have to follow, as part of Governor JB Pritzker’s reopening plan. Those limitations, include gatherings of only 50 people and making sure social distancing is followed, even in an area like a city pool.
Some local residents say they are disappointed by the decision but understand why it was made.
“It’s always great every summer to see the kids come here," says Jeff Small of Mount Carmel. "It’s a fabulous resource for the city. Very sad that it’s not opening, but I understand. Out of an abundance of caution, they have to do this. It’s meant to enjoy, you don’t want to open it up with severe restrictions. So I agree with the decision, I’m disappointed, but I totally agree with it.”
The good news coming out of Monday’s meeting – the city applied for a grant that would allow it to make improvements to the pool, like a splash park and a fountain. Officials say they should find out if they will receive those funds in early July.
“I grew up here,” says Small. “I grew up coming to this pool. My grandparents lived across the street in the house that my family and myself occupy now, so it’s always been near and dear to us.”