Modified Aquatics Procedures

Ramsey County Aquatics aims to provide the best experience while still meeting the high standards of public health best practices to keep visitors and staff safe.

COVID-19 policies and program modifications have been developed with recommendations and guidelines from Executive Orders issued by Governor Walz, the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health department. Current aquatics/facility guidelines are subject to change as new information and recommendations become available.

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Beaches

Since surfaces at the public beaches are not cleaned or sanitized, residents will be using the sand play area and beach at their own risk.

Lifeguards off duty

As of August 15, 2021, all beach locations are unguarded, including Lake McCarrons County Park. Please call 911 in case of an emergency when lifeguards are not present.

COVID-19 precautions

For the health and safety of yourself and others:

  • Stay home if you are sick or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath. 
  • Avoid crowded areas. If the play/beach area is full, plan to return another time.
  • Keep your distance. Maintain at least six feet between yourself and others at all times, especially while using indoor restroom facilities.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or sleeve and not your hand.
  • Sanitize hands frequently and immediately after playing.

Masks

For safety reasons, masks should not be worn while in the water.

Beach amenities

  • Restrooms are available to the public and will be sanitized/cleaned by 11 a.m. each day.
  • Water fountains at beaches remain off. Please plan ahead by bringing drinking water with you.
  • Shower towers will be turned on and beach patrons are encouraged to use them for rinsing off.

Battle Creek Waterworks

Battle Creek Waterworks is closed for the 2021 season.

Health screening

Please stay home if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath. We ask that all patrons evaluate their health before visiting the water park. View the Minnesota Department of Health screening document.

Programs & special events

Regularly scheduled programs (Autism-Friendly Hour and Tot Tuesdays) have been canceled for 2021. Ramsey County aquatics looks forward to reinstating programming in 2022.

Birthday parties & group reservations

In order to accommodate group requests and adhere to changes in capacity restrictions, Battle Creek Waterworks birthday party packages will not be offered in 2021. Birthday party packages are anticipated to resume in 2022.

Group reservations are available for groups of 25 or more.

Reservations are available Monday–Friday on a first-come, first-served basis. Two weeks advance notice is required. Organized groups must provide at least one adult for every three children under age 4, and one adult for every five children age 5 and older. No group reservations are permitted for July 4.​

To make a reservation, complete a group permit request, or call 651-266-0300. Group leaders will check in at Admissions, but the group will be assisted through a separate entrance/exit in order to better accommodate social distancing and avoid an overly crowded pathway to and from the water park.

Capacity

Battle Creek Waterworks can accommodate 476 patrons at one time per building codes. There are currently no occupancy limits for outdoor pools in relation to COVID-19.

Aquatic play features

Battle Creek Waterworks will not have the lily pad feature in operation for 2021 in order to limit lines for entry and frequent lifeguard interaction. The space without the lily pads will promote a larger swim area for older patrons. The slide, tot structure amenities in the wader pool, and the sand play area and structures remain in place. 

Masks/face coverings

Following CDC recommendations, Ramsey County meets the “substantial” risk threshold for COVID-19 variant infection spread. Therefore, face coverings will be required for all vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors and employees within indoor areas effective August 4, 2021. For Battle Creek Waterworks, face coverings will be required when visitors and staff are inside the restrooms/locker rooms. 

For safety reasons, patrons will not be able to wear face coverings while they are in the pool.

Social distancing

Whenever possible, social distancing will be observed. Patrons will be asked to use floor markings to maintain distance while waiting in the Admissions line and inside the water park while in line for the slide. Deck chairs will be spread out to accommodate households/pods who want to social distance while not swimming. Patrons are encouraged to bring towels or blankets to spread out from the pool deck.

Sanitizing

All supplies, including life jackets, will be sanitized between uses. Hand sanitizer will be available for patrons to use at various stations throughout the water park. Staff will make sanitizing rounds following all pool safety breaks, prior to opening and before closing in order to sanitize bathrooms and other high-touch surfaces. Patrons are discouraged from sharing items that are difficult to clean, sanitize or disinfect, or those that come in contact with the face (goggles, nose clips, snorkels, etc.).

Restrooms/locker rooms

Indoor restrooms/locker rooms are available. Six feet of social distancing is recommended while inside the restroom/locker room. Effective August 4, 2021, masks will be required while in the restrooms/locker rooms.

Existing requirements for user sanitation and safety, including showering, as stated in Minnesota Rule 4717.1650: User Sanitation and Safety remains in place.

Concessions

Be Graceful Concessions will be open and serving food and beverages. No outside food or beverages, except water, will be allowed inside the water park. Floor markings will be in place for the concessions line. Concessions staff will follow proper guidelines and will be masked, gloved and sanitizing high-touch surfaces. Tables for eating will be spread out to encourage social distancing between groups. 

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