LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — After a summer of limitations last year, water activities are picking back up in Lynchburg.
“Last year we hardly went anywhere,” said Danielle Roach, a mother of four. ‘We weren’t able to go anywhere because nothing was really open. We were just locked up in the summer months.”
Roach and her kids are frequent visitors of Riverside Park, especially in the summer, but it was closed last year.
“It was very hot and difficult because we had no way to get cool besides being inside which we had already done for several months,” she said.
That’ll change on May 28 when Lynchburg Parks and Recreation reopens the Sprayground, with a brand new edition — a fun frog.
Lifeguards are also gearing up to open Miller Park Pool on June 12 with 50% capacity.
Recreation Services Manager, Maggie Mace, says they’ll have about 30 staff members this year.
“Anytime we can have people participating at the pool and enjoying the amenities there and in our parks, we want to make sure that we provide a safe place for them to do that. Were very excited to bring everybody back.”
They’re also teaming up with Lynchburg City Schools to provide free lunch for children under 18 at the pool every day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“A lot of the kids have free and reduced lunch that goes to the schools, so its to provide them with that service while they’re home for the summer and they’re not at school,” Mace said.
Mace adds that they’ve come up with an operational plan for safety this summer with the Virginia Department of Health.