Indianapolis — Memorial Day is just around the corner. Some communities are wondering if the local pool will open in the summer.
So far, Indy Parks and Recreation hasn’t released that information yet.
It worried some Broadripple residents as the community pools seemed not ready to dive anywhere.
“I came here yesterday and talked to the staff at the park office. Bill Malcolm, the founder of a friend of Broad Ripple Pool, said,” It’s very difficult to reopen Broad Ripple Pool this summer. It wasn’t clear to me. “
Malcolm added that the pool is a large part of the community and was once used for summer camps and swimming lessons.
The pool has not been restarted before the pandemic occurred.
“It’s been the third year this year that it was closed due to COVID two years ago, but last year it was closed because we couldn’t find enough guards,” Malcom said.
Last year, Indy Parks opened only part of the pool. Last year, he didn’t say if staffing was a problem, but in the meantime he raised the hourly wages of the guards and even offered a $ 200 signing bonus.
Indy Parks declined to interview the story and instead provided WRTV with the following statement:
As summer recruitment continues, Indy Parks is working to ensure that the pool is fully staffed to safely welcome park visitors during the summer. As the number of staff increases, water supply to the outdoor pool has started, but some of the outdoor pools that can be opened are not full at this time. Considering current recruitment and pool updates, the pool at Cranart Park will be closed due to remodeling, and the opening of the summer pool will be on a regular Memorial Day weekend so that new staff can complete the recruitment. It can be at least a week late from opening. And the training process. The final pool announcement will be made early next week. Indy Parks will begin opening Splash Pads on Saturday, May 21, except for ongoing construction work.
Malcolm says Indy Park is communicating with him and his friends at Broad Ripple Pool. He hopes the odds of opening the pool will benefit the Broadripple community this year.
“We crossed our fingers, but it doesn’t seem to be obviously good on Memorial Day weekends,” Malcolm said. “I hope we don’t have the nasty surprises of the last two summers.” ..
Indy Parks didn’t have a concrete number for WRTV about the number of jobs they were still trying to complete. When it comes to pools, the office says you’ll need lifeguards, headlifeguards, pool managers, and cashiers.
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