Friday, June 25, 2021

Indoor Pools Across the City Won't be Open This Summer Due to Lifeguard Shortage

In case you missed this one, looks like Ping Tom Parks indoor pool will be closed as is the case for all indoor public pools across the city (via Block Club):

People who like to swim at the Chicago Park District’s indoor pools will have to look elsewhere this summer.

The Park District’s outdoor pools open to the public Friday. But its indoor pools at places like Welles Park, Independence Park and Portage Park will likely close Wednesday and stay shut during the summer because there aren’t enough lifeguards to oversee all the city-run beaches and pools, officials said.

“The Chicago Park District, like many organizations across the country, [is] experiencing the impact of the national lifeguard shortage,” said Michele Lemons, the park district’s director of communications. 

The Park District manages 49 outdoor pools, 28 indoor pools and operates 14 Chicago Public School pools that offer community programs.  


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