Lifeguard shortage to delay opening of some Austin pools

Barton Springs Pool (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
Barton Springs Pool (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — About half of the city’s pools will not open on time due to a shortage of available lifeguards.

The city’s 33 operational pools were all slated to open on Friday.

Even with the delay, 11 more pools will be available on opening day this year as opposed to 2013, according to officials. In recent years, pool openings have been staggered.

The city says they will continue recruiting efforts to fill the open lifeguard spots and hope to have the remaining pools open on June 9.

The list of facilities that will be open Friday, June 6, include:
•    Barton Springs Pool
•    Bartholomew Pool
•    Deep Eddy Pool
•    Garrison Pool
•    Mabel Davis Pool
•    Northwest Pool
•    Walnut Creek Pool
•    Dick Nichols Pool
•    Dottie Jordan Pool
•    Dove Springs Pool
•    Givens Pool
•    Martin Pool
•    Shipe Pool
•    Stacy Pool
•    Westenfiled Pool
•    Shipe Wading Pool
•    Stacy Wading Pool

The city is working to open most of the remaining pools June 9, including:
•    Balcones
•    Brentwood
•    Canyon Vista
•    Civitan
•    Dittmar
•    Gillis
•    Govalle
•    Kennemer
•    Metz
•    Murchison
•    Parque Zaragosa
•    Patterson
•    Ramsey
•    Reed
•    Rosewood
•    West Austin

Repair work is still being done at the Montopolis Pool and is expected to open soon, the city says.

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