Metro Parks opens public pools for the swimming season
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Metro Parks has opened its outside pools and people are diving right in. The three outdoor public pools are Algonquin, Sun Valley, and Fairdale.
The pool in Fairdale was full of families having fun. Fairdale is the city’s busiest pool. It sees more than a hundred people a day.
It’s been a long time since people have been able to freely hang out at the pool.
“People have been really looking forward to having the pools back open. The past couple of summers with COVID have been tough and a couple of other distractions as well. For people to get out in the pool and just enjoy it has been wonderful,” says Mayor Greg Fischer.
At one time, Louisville had 15 pools but now they’re down to just three.
“They’re very important to the communities. We got a lot of splash pads where the old pools were, but those are good for kids ages 3 to 5, but those kids 6 and up miss the opportunity so we need these pools, so it’s good we got them all open this year,” says Keith Smith, the Metro Parks Recreational Administrator.
Metro Parks needs more life guards to keep all the pools open. The pool in Fairdale is fully staffed, but the other ones are still looking for some.
Smith says Algonquin and Sun Valley have 65%of the lifeguards they need.
“Last year we paid $10.50 an hour, this year we’re paying $15.15 an hour. So we increased the wages and we still need a few more guards.”
If you’re interested in taking the plunge and becoming a lifeguard, Metro Parks is holding a training class June 6 to 9 at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center.
To learn more about lifeguard training click or tap here.
But for now, people are hoping for a long, wet summer.
“A good day at the pool with some swimming thrown in, nice cool beverage, taking care so that the sun doesn’t get you, it’s a good day,” Fischer says.
The pools close on a rotating schedule so that there’s two pools open every day of the week. They’re open from Noon to 5 p.m.
For a complete list of open days and ticket prices click or tap here.
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