A city-owned campground in Leavenworth is scheduled to reopen, at least partially, Friday. And city officials plan to make a decision by next week about a possible reopening of the Wollman Aquatic Center.
That is according to Leavenworth Mayor Mike Griswold.
He spoke Wednesday during a weekly virtual town hall meeting. The meeting was live-streamed on the city’s Facebook page and also was broadcast on a city-controlled cable channel.
The campground at Riverfront Park is normally open from April 1 to Oct. 31. But the opening of the campground, which is located along the Missouri River in northeast Leavenworth, was delayed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Griswold said the campground at Riverfront Park will open today only for people who have recreational vehicles and trailers with their own plumbing and bathroom facilities.
The campground ordinarily has 13 pads available for RVs and trailers as well as a few sites for tents. But Griswold said only seven sites are being made available at this time in order to follow social distancing guidelines.
“We will evaluate expanding the users in the coming weeks,” he said.
The delayed opening of the campground comes after the site was closed for all of 2019 due to flooding.
The Wollman Aquatic Center normally is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. But Griswold said it is unlikely the outdoor swimming pool facility will open May 25, which is Memorial Day.
He said city staff members are preparing for a delayed opening in June if possible and appropriate.
“The city will make a decision by the end of next week on the status of Wollman pool for the summer,” Griswold said.
Wollman Aquatic Center is located at Wollman Park, 1300 Shawnee St.
This is the first week of the first phase of Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to reopen Kansas by gradually easing restrictions that have been put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this first phase, many businesses that were closed during a statewide stay-at-home order have been allowed to reopen. But they are still subject to other restrictions. Some businesses have to remain closed.
During Wednesday’s virtual town hall meeting, City Manager Paul Kramer provided an update about the planned distribution of garbage bags to customers of the city’s refuse service.
“We continue to get questions about trash bags,” he said.
The bags typically are delivered to residents in March and October. But the March delivery was delayed this year.
The bags are typically delivered by members of the Leavenworth Lions Club. Kramer said members of the Lions club will split the spring delivery over two days, May 30 and June 6.