Open the McPherson Waterpark this Summer

Open the McPherson Waterpark this Summer

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In trying times like these, people need a way to get their mind off of things.  The McPherson water park can serve as this much needed distraction.  For kids whose  parents that have to leave for work everyday, and have no other form of entertainment to fill their day, the waterpark provides a place for them to spend their day at an affordable rate.  Not only will these families be impacted, but so will the employees that work at the waterpark.  The lifeguards form a close bond working there everyday together, which allows for efficient and dramaless work to be done.  If the waterpark were to not open this summer, upwards of sixty nine employees would be left unemployed.  For many of these guards, due to participation in extracurricular activities, this is their only opportunity to make a regular income. 

During the situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the primary concern is to stay safe and prevent the further spread of this terrible disease.  Health and safety has always been valued highly at the McPherson Waterpark.  Steps can be employed to open the waterpark facility while still maintaining social distance protocol.  The pool would be scheduled to open at the start of Phase 3 of Laura Kelly’s guidelines.  All guidelines regarding social distancing would be met (notably including no more than 90 individuals with six feet spacing).  To help maintain these guidelines, new precautions can be implemented.  All lines at the pool can be marked off for six feet of space between families.  Patron limits can be set to avoid overcrowding and potential risk.  According to the U.S. Master Swimming, the coronavirus is unable to live or spread in chlorinated water.  The CDC has stated that “there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.” Additionally, lifeguards would be more than willing to add extra tasks to their opening and closing duties.  They can disinfect chairs, doorknobs, railings, and counters before and after hours.  For complete information on the framework for reopening Kansas please visit covid.ks.gov.

Not only is the McPherson Waterpark a haven for young kids during long summer days, but this pool also offers jobs and life experience to those that work there.  As current lifeguards, we have developed bonds with our coworkers, as well as patrons.  These new friendships have the potential to create a more welcoming atmosphere and create opportunities down the road.  Nowhere else in the city have we found such a tolerant, safe, and enjoyable facility.  Everyday we show up to work at the waterpark, we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to contribute to such a remarkable establishment.  For many of the staff, and some of the customers as well, the McPherson Waterpark has ceased as a mere place of amusement, and has transcended into something more.  The McPherson Waterpark has become a family.

It would be very plausible to uphold the standards Governor Kelly would require in Phase 3 to open the waterpark.  The opening of the McPherson Waterpark this summer, in any capacity, would mean so much to the community.  It offers much needed respite from the stresses facing the people of the city, as well as employs nearly seventy lifeguards over the course of the season.  Thank you for your consideration, and please help support this vital part of the McPherson public.

Created by Matthew Powers, Brycen Labertew, and EJ Hein.

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