Because of a shortage of qualified lifeguards, only three city pools will open as planned on June 1, rather than all six public pools and the Savage Park Splash Pad, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz announced<https://fb.watch/5LsgcrEUJh/> today.
Navarre Pool, 1001 White St.; Roosevelt Pool, 910 Dorr St., and Pickford Pool, 3000 Medford Dr., will open on June 1. The hours will be 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. from June 1 to July 4. The hours will be 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. from July 5 to Aug. 15. (Roosevelt Pool will be closed on Mondays. Pickford and Navarre pools will be closed on Tuesdays.)
“We previously announced that all six public pools and the Savage Park Splash Pad would open for the 2021 summer season beginning on June 1,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “Based on the current number of lifeguards we have, we will be able to safely open only Navarre, Roosevelt, and Pickford pools.”
Willys Pool, 1375 Hillcrest Ave., will open on June 7 if the current class of lifeguards successfully completes certification.
The city needs at least eight more qualified lifeguards to open the remaining pools and the splash pad – Jamie Farr Pool, 2000 Summit St., and Wilson Pool, 3253 Otto St., and the Savage Park Splash Pad, 645 Vance St.
“Like many pool operators, locally and across the nation, we have struggled to hire qualified lifeguards,” the mayor said.
All lifeguard certification costs are paid in full by the city. Information on how to apply is posted at toledo.oh.gov/pools.