WHY IS WATERPLAY CLOSED?
Fort Rickey has operated it’s spray pool for 11 years without one health problem. Cryptosporidium is a microscopic protozoan that exists naturally in most waters. It is as likely to exist in pools, water parks and beaches as in spray pools.
Last summer, at a spray pool run by New York State Dept of Parks, almost 4,000 people became ill with cryptosporidiosis. That facility did not employ the design and management strategies that we have used at Fort Rickey to protect our patrons. Because of this incident, the State Dept. of Health created new emergency regulations. The State chose to apply these new regulations to spray pools only. All other types of pools are exempt.
The cost to fort Rickey to upgrade it’s water treatment equipment to meet these new standards is a minimum of $70,000. Under these circumstances, Fort Rickey has made the difficult decision to close it’s spray pool rather than spend over $70,000 on equipment that it cannot afford and should not need to buy.
Fort Rickey continues to fight hard to convince the Dept of Health that this double standard is not based upon good science, is discriminatory and places small spray pool operators at an enormous competitive disadvantage.