The staff at city of Gainesville pools use a lightning detection service to monitor severe weather. They receive an advisory notification when there is lightning within 20 miles of the facility; the facility will not close during this advisory but preparations will be made to do so. During this time, staff will inform patrons before paying the entrance fee of the inclement weather and remind them that there will be no refunds.
A Lightning Warning notification is received when there is lightning within 10 miles of the facility; staff at the facility are required to close down due to severe weather in the area. Patrons will be cleared from the pool deck and shower use will be prohibited.
An “All Clear” notification is received once the severe weather has left the area. At this time, staff at the facility will reopen and resume operating hours.
To avoid confusion, any weather information provided by the alert system used by City staff will supersede all other weather information sources.