LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – After being closed last summer due to COVID-19 restrictions, Lexington Parks & Recreation is delighted to welcome swimmers back to the pools. In accordance with the Healthy at Work guidelines, the pools will open with limited capacity and due to staff shortages, with reduced hours.
The pools will allow guests to enter on a first come, first served basis. Signs will be placed at the entrances to the pool once capacity is reached and adjusted throughout the day.
“Even if we are at a reduced capacity, this still allows us to accommodate more than 100 people in each pool at the same time. This allows many people to enjoy the pool, while respecting the instructions and ensuring the safety of everyone. Said Monica Conrad, Director of Parks and Recreation.
The Healthy at Work occupancy levels for the pools are: Castlewood – 230, Douglass – 115, Shillito – 255, Southland – 335, Tates Creek – 310 and Woodland – 320 people.
“Unfortunately, we face the same staff shortages as other industries across the country,” Conrad said. “Being a lifeguard is a fun summer job and a big responsibility. It’s a great work experience where you learn a lot about being responsible and being part of a team.
Southland, Castlewood and Tates Creek swimming pool hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Woodland, Shillito and Douglass pools will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek and Woodland pools will open on Saturday May 29. The Shillito and Douglass pools will open on Saturday June 5th.
“We hope to increase the hours of operation of the pool with the arrival of more lifeguards on board this summer,” said Conrad.
Parks & Recreation is actively recruiting lifeguards. Interested applicants who are good swimmers should complete the online interest form at lexingtonky.gov/prjobs.