Richardson changes summer pool schedule due to lifeguard shortage

A lifeguard shortage is prompting Richardson to change his pool schedule this summer.

The lack of lifeguard applicants — which is a national trend — could also result in the closure of the Heights Family Aquatic Center for the 2022 swim season, according to a city news release. City officials will make a decision on June 15 based on staff availability.

The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation increased lifeguard pay, added bonuses for referrals, and developed flexible schedules to attract applicants. According to the press release, the department has also made it easier to apply for and access lifeguard training.

“Despite these steps, the Parks and Recreation Department has only half the staff needed to open all facilities,” the release said.

neighborhood pools

The city’s four neighborhood pools — Canyon Creek, Cottonwood, Glenville, and Terrace — will be open on a reduced schedule. The pools will be open six days a week from June 4th.

The Cottonwood and Glenville pools will also be open May 28-30.

Morning and evening swimming lessons will continue as planned at the surrounding pools.

Swimming pool Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Canyon Creek
(closes on August 14)
1pm-8pm Closed 1pm-8pm 1pm-8pm 1pm-8pm 1pm-8pm 1pm-8pm
poplar
(closes on August 28,
Friday-Sunday only
from 15.08.)
1pm-8pm 1pm-6pm 1pm-6pm Closed 1pm-6pm 1pm-6pm 1pm-8pm
Glenville
(closes on August 14)
1pm-8pm 1pm-8pm Closed 1pm-8pm 1pm-8pm 1pm-8pm 1pm-8pm
terrace
(closes on August 28,
Friday-Sunday only from August 15th)
1pm-8pm 10am-5pm 10am-5pm 10am-5pm Closed 10am-5pm 1pm-8pm

Pool rental and swimming course registration

Online reservations for pool rentals and swim class registrations are now available.

Applications are available online at cor.net/parksonline or by calling 972-744-7892.

Rentals will not be available at the Heights Family Aquatics Center when it opens this summer, the city said in the release.

Neighborhood swim teams

The city plans to announce in the coming weeks whether the Neighborhood Swim Teams program will be held this summer. A decision will be made based on the availability of trainers.

The pools are fully staffed during opening hours to ensure swimmer safety. When a pool is closed, a sign outside the gates directs people to the nearest open pool, the press release said.

More information on the city’s water sports program is available online.

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