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City of Albany Begins Preparations for Opening of City’s Pools, Spray Pads, and Capital Hills Golf Course

June 12, 2020

Date: June 12, 2020
Contact: David Galin

ALBANY, NY – Today, Mayor Kathy Sheehan directed the City’s Department of Recreation to begin preparations to open the Lincoln Park, Arbor Hill, and Mater Christi Pools and the City’s Spray Pads by Friday, July 3. Mayor Sheehan also directed the City’s Department of General Services to begin preparations to open the Capital Hills Golf Course on Tuesday, June 16.

On Thursday, June 11, the New York State Department of Health issued updated guidance regarding the operation and maintenance of pools and spray pads during the COVID-19 outbreak. This guidance provides the necessary requirements for residents to enjoy the City’s pools and spray pads while maintaining social distancing.

Capital Hills Golf Course will open on Tuesday, June 16. Carts are currently unavailable. Further details will be forthcoming on Monday, June 15, regarding hours of operation and available services.
In order to be budget neutral, greens fees will increase $10 across the board to increase revenue, and the City will dispatch a reduced number of maintenance staff to control costs and allow other vital services to continue. Golfers are urged to understand the typical level of maintenance they have become accustomed to may be impacted by this reduction in maintenance.

Additional precautions consistent with guidance established by Empire State Development and operational guidance established by industry leaders will be followed to ensure proper social distancing and cleanliness protocols due to the COVID-19 outbreak.