West U will not reopen Colonial Park Pool on May 29; other city buildings and services to resume June 1

West University Place will not be reopening Colonial Park Pool on May 29, the city confirmed, as Gov. Greg Abbott issued a May 26 proclamation allowing water parks to reopen at a limited capacity. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
West University Place will not be reopening Colonial Park Pool on May 29, the city confirmed, as Gov. Greg Abbott issued a May 26 proclamation allowing water parks to reopen at a limited capacity. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

West University Place will not be reopening Colonial Park Pool on May 29, the city confirmed, as Gov. Greg Abbott issued a May 26 proclamation allowing water parks to reopen at a limited capacity. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Greg Abbott’s May 26 announcement will allow water parks, as well as other services and activities to reopen under Phase II of the state reopening plan, beginning May 29, but

West University Place’s Colonial Park Pool will not be among those reopening May 29, according to City Manager Dave Beach.

June 8 is the tentative date for opening Colonial Park Pool, Beach said, but the city is still in the middle of its hiring process for more staff at the pool.

Meanwhile, starting June 1, West University Place will begin reopening public buildings and restarting some of its programs, the city announced May 22.

The city’s recreation center will reopen at 25% occupancy, the city announced. Those looking to swim in the recreation center pool may only do so through reservations up to 72 hours in advance and can only be made once per day. Only lap swimming will be allowed in 45-minute blocks, and locker rooms and showers will be closed, according to the city’s current mandate.


The city’s recreation center will also reopen its weight room at 25% occupancy, though reservations will also be required, and workouts will be limited to 45-minute blocks.

Use of racquetball courts will also be limited to one person per court or up to four members from the same household, the city’s announcement stipulates.

Some recreation programming is also set to begin June 1, including Kidventure, Building Brains, iKids, and Tennis Camp, among others.

City Hall, West U Police Department, and Public Works will also reopen June 1, according to the city’s announcement, though mask-wearing will be encouraged, Beach said.

“We’re just trying to apply a common-sense approach,” he said. “We need to also see that same common-sense approach from residents.”

The Community Building, meanwhile, will not be open to the general public.

“I hope people would not come in for things that can be done electronically,” he said.

Public meetings, such as City Council meetings, will continue to be held virtually for the near future, Beach said.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.