Keep cool and refreshed this summer by taking a dip in the Fort Campbell Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Joseph Baldonado Pool or playing at Campbell Crossing’s Splash Parks.
Baldonado Pool, 2570 Screaming Eagle Blvd., is open to all Department of Defense ID card holders noon-5 p.m. daily.
Angela Brothers, aquatics program manager, Fort Campbell Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said everyone is excited that the pool is open again.
On its first weekend open, Memorial Day weekend, about 380 people come through the doors at Baldonado to take a dip in the water. Brothers said people are anxious to spend time outdoors this summer.
“This is a huge deal,” she said. “Everybody that was coming into the facility was like ‘We just need to get out of the house. We want to get in the water, we need to get in the water.’”
Even the water being just 70 degrees didn’t deter guests from diving in.
Rachel Barlow, Army spouse, said it felt great to swim with her 5-year-old son Holton again.
“It was really cold but he still got in, he still wants to get back in.” she said laughing.
Barlow said this was their first time visiting Baldonado, but it definitely wouldn’t be their last.
Brothers was thrilled to see so many youth having a good time at the pool.
“You know how kids are, you put them in ice cold water and they just want to play,” she said. “They would get out shivering, and they would just want to get right back in the water. Everyone is excited that the pools are open.”
Brothers said many parents were grateful and relieved to get out of the house and do something with their kids because going back to the pool for them is a small step toward normalcy.
Last year, the pools were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While everyone is excited about being able to go back to outdoor activities like swimming, Baldonado guests will still respect social distancing measures. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the pool’s maximum occupancy is 150 people at a time. Staff use a computer system to track how many patrons are at the pool at any given time.
“Thankfully, we haven’t had to turn anyone away yet, but I’m guessing that might end up happening, especially when it gets warmer outside,” Brothers said.
Card holders are allowed to bring a guest with them, however the guest must remain with the card holder at all times and cannot be dropped off at the pool by themselves.
For DOD ID card holders, cost is $3 on weekdays and $4 on weekends. For guests, cost is $5 daily.
There are several different summer passes for Families, individuals, and couples available for purchase. For more information about summer swim passes, call 270-798-6310 or 270-798-6304.
Campbell Crossing’s Splash Parks are recreational areas for water play. These parks are located at the Village Commons at Hammond Heights, 3065 Forrest Road, and the Commons at the Woodlands, 11001 Trimble Blvd. The splash parks are open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The Hammond Heights Splash Park is the larger of the two. The centerpiece of the Hammond Heights Splash Park is a big dome that has other water features attached to it.
Karsten Hakke, project director for Campbell Crossing, said the splash parks have a variety of water play items that include soak stations, spray cannons, geysers and miniature water tunnels.
“Our splash parks are a fun and refreshing amenity offered to residents of Campbell Crossing,” Haake said. “They provide an interactive experience for children looking to cool off on a hot summer day. Water ejects from a variety of shapes and symbols allowing children to walk through streams or sprays of clean, refreshing water.”
The splash parks operate on an open-loop system, meaning the water is not cycled back through the splash parks after it is used, Haake said.
To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, splash park operations have been modified. Residents are not permitted to use the splash park if they or any member of their Family has a fever, flu-like symptoms, a diminished sense of taste and smell, or have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
Residents are asked to continue practicing social distancing while using the splash parks. When not in the water, residents are asked to comply with Department of Defense’s mask guidance. Personal items, such as toys, will not be permitted at the splash parks.
“The splash park occupancy is limited to 50 occupants at each park,” Haake said. “Because of this, we do ask residents to not invite guests at this time who are not current residents of Campbell Crossing.”
The splash park environment lends itself to reducing the existence of COVID-19 because the chlorine in the water kills most bacteria, germs and viruses, he said. The wide-open, outdoor setting lends itself to social distancing.
“At Campbell Crossing we are committed to providing a community where our military Families can live, work, and thrive,” Haake said. “Our splash parks, like all our amenities, help us continue in this commitment and are designed to provide an opportunity for our residents to enjoy time with their Families while offering a variety of unique activities.”