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The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department announced June 1, 2020 that its two outdoor pools will remain closed for the summer in order to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19.

Numerous factors contributed to the difficult decision, including the challenges these facilities present in implementing physical distancing and other safety guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Monroe County Health Department to limit the spread of COVID-19. An additional factor in the decision was the closure of indoor pool facilities where lifeguards and other aquatic facility personnel are normally trained during the spring season to operate the pools.

"We have been managing the effects of COVID-19 in every facet of our Parks and Recreation Department's programs, events and facilities since early March. Even then, we started planning in the hopes of opening two of our city's most popular summer destinations: Bryan Park Pool and Mills Pool," said Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department Administrator Paula McDevitt. "After consulting with our state and national associations, and researching public health recommendations, we came to the difficult conclusion that, in the grand scheme of our responsibilities, keeping the pools closed is the right decision for the community.”

Fee Waivers

Any City of Bloomington, Indiana resident who feels that a fee for admission to Bryan Park Pool or Mills Pool would be discriminatory due to financial hardship may request a waiver of fees. Federal Office of Management and Budget's guidelines of 150% poverty level are used to determine eligibility. Immediate family members only may be included in the fee waiver application. Immediate family members include mother, father, or legal guardian and their children who are under the age of 17 yrs. and living in the same household.

Fee waiver application requirements:

  • A $5 application fee must accompany the application.
  • Proof of income is required for each adult income earner in your household.
  • Current statements for child support, Social Security, Supplemental Security income, and other assistance programs that show your benefit amount.
  • Notarized Citizen/Qualified Alien Status affidavit (these can be filled out and signed on-site at the Parks and Recreation Department office).
  • Proof of city residency (can be a current utility bill, a current housing lease or mortgage statement, or verification from a residential community such as the Bloomington Housing Authority)

Requests for fee waivers will be approved or denied, and the applicant notified in writing, within 14 days.

Applications can be obtained and submitted at the Parks and Recreation office, located at 401 N. Morton St. Suite 250 inside City Hall, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information about how to apply for a fee waiver, contact Bloomington Parks and Recreation at 812.349.3700 or

City parks and trails have remained open throughout the pandemic, with the city encouraging visitors to follow guidelines intended to slow the spread of COVID-19: maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from other people, staying home if showing symptoms, and practicing good personal hygiene.