Stay Cool, Hit the Pool! Local Pools Opening for Summer

swimmers rejoice: local pools announce summer guidelines

Briana Novacek, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

Looking for a way to stay cool this summer? Starting in June, you will be able to take friends and family to local pools to burn off some steam – safely. Check out what popular Eau Claire, Menomonie, and Chippewa Falls area pools are doing when it comes to gearing up for summer... 


Eau Claire’s Fairfax pool will open June 5, with a phased plan. During phase one, masks will be required in pool buildings, physical distancing will be required, capacity limits will be enforced, and 15-minute safety breaks will be taken for cleaning and sanitizing during open swim. Fairfax Pool individual and family passes are currently 10% off the regular price through June 4. Sign-ups for swim lessons are also now open through Eau Claire Parks and Recreation.  



Wakanda Waterpark in Menomonie will tentatively open on June 5, with a capacity limit. If you’re a trained lifeguard, they are hiring! Check out their website closer to summer for more reopening guidelines.  



The Bernard F. Willi pool in Chippewa Falls tentatively plans to open on June 19, with a bit of a delay due to staffing levels. If you are interested in applying for a lifeguard position, visit their website to apply!