Free recreation center swimming approved by Gillette City Council

Campbell County Recreation Center
The Campbell County Recreation Center at 250 Shoshone Avenue (File Photo/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Gillette City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement with the county to provide free open swim sessions at the Campbell County Recreation Center this summer and next.

Starting Monday, June 27, residents can attend free open swim sessions at the Campbell County Recreation Center on weekdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., according to a June 23 press release from the City of Gillette, and on weekends from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Open swim sessions will remain available for the 2022 and 2023 summer seasons while the Gillette City Pool is closed for demolition and reconstruction, per the release.

Residents will still be asked to sign in at the front desk, but admittance fees will be waived for anyone attending the sessions.

The agreement, a memorandum of understanding, was approved last week by the Campbell County Parks and Recreation Board during a special board meeting on June 16. With the agreement, the city will pay a total of $80,000 for each summer season to cover the costs of lifeguards and pool operations.

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Additionally, the city has the option to renew the agreement beyond the 2023 summer season if needed.

“City Council is excited for this partnership with Campbell County Parks and Recreation,” City Administrator Hyun Kim said in a statement.

The City Pool has been a beloved institution to the Gillette Community for many decades, Kim continued, adding that the council hopes the planned pool reconstruction will provide future generations the same opportunity to make many more happy summer memories.

“And in the meantime, we’re grateful that our residents will be able to utilize the fantastic pool facilities at the Rec Center,” Kim said.