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A.D. Clark Outdoor Pool to Reopen for Reservations July 6

Post Date:07/02/2020 4:30 PM

The A.D. Clark Outdoor Pool at the Hargraves Recreation Center, 216 N. Roberson St., will open to Chapel Hill and Orange County residents on Monday, July 6, with limited capacity for lap swimming, recreation swimming and independent adult water exercise. With safety of our users and staff as our top priority, we have structured our new operations in a way that is compliant with all State (NC DHHS) and Federal (CDC) guidelines, including training staff for maintaining a healthy environment as well as ensuring adequate staff capacity.

We understand the important role recreation plays in the lives of our residents and as park and recreation professionals, it is essential we take a thoughtful and methodical approach to reinstating operations that protects public health and safety.

In order to ensure that our users are well informed, we have prepared a handout titled “What to Know Before You Go” that gives more information on what Parks and Recreation is doing differently, as well as  what we’re asking patrons to do differently. This handout also includes hours of operation and healthy screening measures, as well as instructions for entry. 

To maintain a limited capacity, as well as provide an equitable opportunity for all to participate, we are piloting new reservable swim times for all swimmers at A.D. Clark Pool. This means that before you arrive at the pool, you will need to reserve a specific “block” of time in advance and show up to swim during that block. 

Reservable swim times are available for lap swimming (one lane reservation per week), independent water exercise and recreational swimming (one reservation per week, per household of up to five persons). Reservations can be made online at,  in person, or by calling (919) 968-2816 during business hours. Walk up swimming is not permitted without a reservation in advance.  

A staff greeter will welcome guests outside the entrance and perform a brief heath screening and issue lane assignments as well as go over facility procedures and expectations of our guests.  Locker rooms will be available, with limited capacity to maintain physical distancing. We encourage guests to arrive in their swimming attire to limit any congregating in the locker room facilities.

This initial opening and pilot program will only apply to A.D. Clark Pool. The status of Homestead Aquatic Center and Chapel Hill Community Center pools will be determined later once we’ve successfully worked through implementing these new measures.

For info on current parks and recreation services, see

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation will make every effort to operate programs and facilities. Some circumstances could force the closure of a site, closure of multiple sites or closure of the entire program including but not limited to, inclement weather, direct COVID-19 exposure to patrons/staff at a site, a spike in community spread/transmission in the Chapel Hill area, or staff shortages. Should circumstances force a closure, Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation will communicate this information as quickly as possible.

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