Riverside Pool tentatively set to open Monday

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A water tower in Grand Forks smiles at passersby. (Grand Forks Herald)

Riverside Pool is tentatively set to open Monday, June 29, weather permitting, the Grand Forks Park District has announced.

The park district is allowing 50% capacity at this time, due to social distancing restrictions imposed by health officials to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Regular pool hours are noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. weekdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Flotation devices can be used from 5 to 8 p.m.

Limited hours are planned for July 4 when the pool will be open from noon to 4 p.m.; and on weekdays, Aug. 3-23, from noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 3-23, the pool will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

All dates and hours of operation are subject to change.

Because of the pandemic, some amenities will not be available, including concessions, shower facilities, clothing bags and the outdoor toddler pool. Swimming lessons for children ages 4 to 12 will not be not available.


Signage is in place to remind guests to respect the 6-foot distance rule in and out of the pool and at the building entrance, said Jill Nelson, community relations and marketing manager for the park district.

“We are allowing people to use the locker rooms for changing only,” Nelson said. “We are asking people to bring their own bags as we will not be providing them at this time.”

Chairs for sunning are chained to fences 6 feet apart to prevent crowding, she said.

At 50% capacity, the pool could accommodate up to 300 people, but it is “highly unlikely” that number will be reached, Nelson said. “Since public safety is a core priority of ours, if we felt social distancing was not possible or not being followed respectfully, we will reevaluate and appropriately adjust the number of people we allow at Riverside Pool at one time.”

Rates for daily admission and season passes are available on the Grand Forks Park District website, .

For more information, contact the Grand Forks Park District at (701) 746-2750. The phone number for the pool building is (701) 740-1497.

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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