Kennewick Parks and Rec prepares for summer programs

KENNEWICK, Wash. – It’s been over two years since Tri-Cities Parks and Recreation departments have been able to welcome summer time activities.

But, as COVID-19 restrictions loosen, employees in Kennewick are getting ready to welcome back swimmers and campers for their summer programs.

“We are super excited to get people back into programs, and get kids active in the summer and have something to do this summer,” Supervisor Drew Tomasino said.

For the foreseeable future, Kennewick’s Kenneth Serier Pool won’t have open swim, so they’re focusing on swim lessons.

“A lot of our places we’re limited in our capacity, so we’ve had to do some modifications; an example, for swim lessons our capacities were limited to about five people per lesson when it used to be 10, so now we offer twice as many swim lessons to try to get the same amount of kids in there,” he said.

Drew said parents have also been curious about the splash pads throughout Kennewick.

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“We’re waiting on the guidance to really allow us to do that, it can be done but the guidance is very restrictive as to how you enforce capacity,” Tomasino said.

The department is hopeful they’ll be able to open the splash pads later this summer, but right now, state guidance would require them to hire someone to monitor the capacity and they’d have to fence them off.

If you’re not much of a water bug, Kennewick also has several day camps happening this summer.

“Whether it’s through MAD volleyball or SkyHawks or we have Synergy Dance; we have all sorts of sports camps, day camps,” he said.

Drew said with kids in remote learning for a majority of the year, and missing out on 2020’s activities, they’re looking forward to welcoming back everyone.

“Kids want that interaction, they need that interaction, so getting kids together in a social, fun atmosphere where they can not only be together but active and outside in the good weather being physically active, it’s all important, it all comes together.” he said.

Kennewick’s swim lessons begin on June 21st, you can get more information here.

The Pasco Parks and Rec Department said they’ll open their public pool for open swim on June 18, and lessons will start the 21st.

Richland’s George Prout pool will open up on June 19th; be sure to continuously check all cities’ websites and Facebook pages for continued updates.