‘Excited to be open’: Goodman Pool opens for summer with new rules

MADISON, Wis. – The Goodman Pool has officially opened for the summer, and after two seasons of making accommodations because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers say they are happy to return a pool as close to normal as possible.

“We are very excited to be open,” said Tracey Hartley, the recreation services coordinator with Madison Parks. “This is a real gem in the city of Madison, so it’s just great to have this opportunity for people to come and enjoy the facility.”

“Everyone’s excited to be here,” said Shane Martin, Madison Parks’ aquatics and parks program coordinator with Madison Parks. “Our staff is excited. We’re ready for a good summer.”

With a new pool season, there are some new rules for those looking to visit the facility.

“We are asking people ages 12 and under to take a swim test,” said Hartley. “We just want to make sure everyone’s safe and ensure that people can go in the deep water.”

In addition to a swim test, there are some other changes this year for the pool. Those changes are available on the city’s website.

Prior to opening, Hartley said their main focus was to hire enough lifeguards for the pool.

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“We’re glad we have enough staff,” said Hartley. “Staffing shortages are just real with everybody now. We’re glad to be able to staff our main priority.”

“It’s nice to see everyone’s smiles without the masks. We’re as close to normal as we can get with [the virus] still around,” she added.

Hartley said that they would soon like to be able to staff more beaches within the park district. More of those summer activities under the park district are available on the city’s website.