On Wednesday, July 8, Needham Park and Recreation announced the reopening of the Rosemary Recreation Complex. The pools at the Rosemary Recreation Complex will reopen for the rest of the summer season during the last week of July. Pool attendance will be restricted to Needham residents only this summer to ensure visitors' safety. While the diving board, slides, and spray deck will remain closed, residents will still be able to cool down for the rest of summer.
Guests are expected to follow certain rules while visiting the pools. No food will be allowed or sold on the premise. Upon arrival, visitors will be asked to take a shower at one of the outdoor shower towers in their swimwear. All guests will be required to wear face coverings at all times when not in the water.
The pools be open from Tuesday to Sunday, with specific time slot reservation to reduce the amount of people at the pool during the day. Members of the pools at Rosemary Recreation Complex will have initial access to reserve a time slot. The general public will have access to reserve spots after members and will require a $5 per-person admission fee to enter the facility.
Mornings are reserved for lap swim and water walking for 60-minute time slots. Each time slot will have eight spots available for lap swim and two spots for water walking, with one swimmer per lane. The 60 minute time slots include 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Afternoons are reserved for family swim time. These 90-minute time slots include 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. There will be 12 available pods that will have preassigned seating area and swimming area to make sure everyone has a safe experience during their visit. Pods will be restricted to families that reside in the same household, up to six members. Families with more than six members are asked to contact the Park and Recreation Department when their time slot has been booked. Visitors under 16 are required to be accompanied by an adult during their visit. More information about summer at the pools can be found here.