City Announces Schedule to Open Pools and Summer Camps

May 27, 2020  

During a news conference, Mayor Lenny Curry shared plans for opening community pools during the 2020 season. Pools, with the exception of Cecil Aquatic Center, will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 2 to 6 p.m. on Sundays; the openings will occur in four phases based on staff availability:

  • June 8
    • Julius Guinyard
    • Oceanway
    • Woodland Acres
    • Charles Clark
    • Cecil Aquatic Center (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) 
  • June 15
    • Grand Park
    • Pine Forest
    • Thomas Jefferson
    • Kennedy
  • June 22
    • Fort Caroline
    • CT Brown
    • Harts Road
    • Emmett Reed
  • July 1
    • Adolph Wurn
    • Carvill
    • Mallison
    • Sunny Acres
Additionally, the mayor provided details about summer programs. Camp types, locations, dates, times and other important information are as follows:

Full-day Summer Camps –  Full-day Summer Camps – The full-day enrichment camps will provide opportunities for youth to participate in group activities including crafts, games, educational sessions and recreational sports.
  • Dates: June 15 – July 24
  • Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Locations: 
    • Balis Center
    • Emmett Reed
    • Kennedy
    • HT Jones
    • Cuba Hunter
    • ML Gibbs
    • Legends (based on testing; backup site Simonds Johnson)
  • Registration is required. (online registration will begin Friday, June 5, on a first come, first served basis)
  • No Field Trips
  • Free
  • The Summer Lunch Program will be offered.
Club Rec Camps – The half-day, drop-in programs will provide opportunities for youth to participate in group activities including crafts, games, educational sessions and recreational sports.
  • Dates:  June 15 –  July 24
  • Times:  noon – 5 p.m.
  • Locations:
    • Beachwood
    • CT Brown
    • Dinsmore
    • Johnnie Walker
    • Julian Barrs
    • Mitchell Center
    • Oceanway
    • Westside
    • Windy Hill
  • Registration is not required.
  • The Summer Lunch Program will be offered.
Rec ‘N’ Roll Park Program – The full-day, drop-in programs will provide opportunities for youth to participate outdoors in group activities including games and recreational sports.
  • Dates: June 15 – Aug. 8
  • Times: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Locations:
    • Adolph Wurn
    • Bruce Park
    • CT Brown
    • Grunthal Park
    • Kooker Park
    • Johnnie Walker
    • Warrington
    • Woodstock
    • Yancey
  • Registration is not required.
  • The Summer Lunch Program will be offered at locations with facilities.
In response to COVID-19 and adherence to State guidelines, all sites will practice the following safety strategies:
 
1) Camp sizes will be limited to 30 participants, with a wait list.
2) Group activities will include no more than 10 participants.
3) All counselors will be given masks, hand sanitizer and gloves.
4) Cleaning/disinfecting will be performed daily.
5) Campers will be encouraged to wear cloth masks.
6) Campers will take regular hand-washing breaks.
7) At check-in, participants will be checked for a fever and symptoms.
8) Field trips are canceled, as buses do not offer adequate space for proper social distancing.
9) Swimming activities will be offered only to camp sites where a pool is adjacent or within walking distance to the location.
10) Curriculums will include an education component focused on good health and the importance of social distancing.
11) Larger outdoor locations will be used for lunches and snack breaks.  

The restriction on organized youth activities has also been lifted. Each association should have a plan in place to return to play in a safe way for both players and spectators. View updated City of Jacksonville Partner Athletic Associations guidelines here.
 
For more information about summer activities, visit the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department’s webpage at JaxParks.com.