WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford Leisure Services announced recently that HealthFitness, the operator of Cornerstone Aquatics Center, will manage two outdoor pools at Fernridge and Beachland parks this summer.

The two pools will offer free lap swim, public swim and water fitness classes. Fernridge pool, 567 Fern Street, will be open Monday, July 20 through Sept. 1, and Beachland pool, 847 South Quaker Lane, will also open Monday, July 20 but will close August 23.

The use of the outdoor pools will be available to West Hartford residents, as well as for Cornerstone Members. West Hartford residents may bring an out-of-town guest.

Crowd control will be managed by requiring pool users to make a reservation by calling Cornerstone Aquatics Center at 860-561-8271, Monday-Friday 8-10 a.m. for a weekday time slot, and on Friday 4-6 p.m. for a weekend time slot. Walk-ups will be accepted only if space permits. Patron names, addresses and email contact collected should contact tracing become necessary.

Both pools will be open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and weekends 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pools will offer the following on a rotating basis throughout the day:

Lap swim (50 minutes). One person per lane; 6 lanes available

Family Swim (1 hour, 45 minutes), Max 50 people

Outdoor pool operations will adhere to health safety guidelines and enforce best practices in physical distancing, face masks and cleaning and disinfecting to prevent community spread of COVID-19.

Outdoor pool safety protocols include the following precautions:

All patrons and staff will have a temperature check upon arrival.

Hand sanitizing stations will be available at the front desk and on the pool deck. Patrons will be required to use the hand sanitizer prior to entering the pool.

Face masks must always be worn unless in the water.

Masks must be stored safely and worn on entry and exit of the facility.

Front desk staff will be required to wear a face covering while on duty.

Lifeguards not on duty will be required to wear a mask.

For more information, contact Helen.Rubino-Turco@WestHartfordCT.gov, 860-561-7517.

Connecticut Media Group