Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: People are head over heels about being able to still use the Pima Pool for the next month despite Governor Doug Ducey’s latest Executive Order. Here, Andy Peterson demonstrates his favorite dive, the gainer, off the high-dive.
By Jon Johnson
PIMA – One word – congregate – should allow the Pima Pool to remain open not only for its July 4 Independence Day celebration but for regular open swim hours during the one-month closure of other water recreation as outlined in Governor Doug Ducey’s new Executive Order issued Monday.
In the order, organized events of more than 50 people are prohibited and bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks, and tubing rentals will pause operations for one month. View his new order here.
Pima Town Manager Sean Lewis said the town supports the governor’s order and will follow the recommendations from the Graham County Department of Health Services while still allowing the operation of the pool and the July 4 festivities.
“We are able to follow these regulations and we’re going to do it,” Lewis said.
Regarding pools, the order allows pools at hotels and multi-housing complexes to operate and other privately owned facilities as long as signage is included at all entrances to the pool reminding people to maintain physical distance and that groups larger than 10 should not congregate.
So, according to Lewis, the town plans on putting up the signs and will advise patrons to not gather together in the pool together in groups larger than 10 individuals. While the town will not be able to have the free swim, the pool will still be in operation during open swim Saturday, July 4 from 1 – 5 p.m. with an entry fee of $2 per person as usual.
Pima will also still hold its annual pancake breakfast at Heritage Park between the Pima Library and Pima Fire Department on 200 West, starting at 6 a.m. For just $3 per person, everyone gets to enjoy the breakfast, which is a fundraiser for the Eastern Arizona Museum. Veterans and active military eat for free.
The town will also hold its fireworks show at the Vard Lines Memorial Rodeo Arena/Pima Ball Fields off 1200 South. The fireworks show is sponsored by the town of Pima in collaboration with the Eden Community and Colvin Farms.