Some city pools still closed as lifeguard shortage continues

Shipe Pool in Austin (KXAN Photo)
Shipe Pool in Austin (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Six city pools remain closed due to a lifeguard shortage and several others are operating on a modified schedule.

The city says additional lifeguards have been hired and more are currently being trained. Lifeguards are still needed with pay starting at $13.03 per hour.

In order to maximize limited resources, the city is prioritizing swim lessons, programming, rentals, and open recreational swim times.

The following seasonal pools will/have not opened as scheduled. An opening date will be announced in the future.
• Civitan
• Gillis
• Parque Zaragoza
• Shipe Wading Pool
• Stacy Wading Pool (“Little Stacy”)
• Springwoods

The following seasonal pools are operating with modified schedules:
• Northwest Pool
o Closing daily at 7:30 p.m.
• Patterson Pool
o Programming Only: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. daily
• Reed Pool
o Programming Only: 1 a.m. – 12 p.m. daily
• Givens Pool
o Programming Only: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m./7 p.m. – 8 p.m. daily
• Dove Springs Pool
o Programming Only: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. daily

Civitan Pool (KXAN Photo/Juan Salinas)
Civitan Pool (KXAN Photo/Juan Salinas)

The following seasonal pools will open starting the week of June 13 in accordance with their regular schedule of 1 p.m.-8 p.m.:

• Govalle
• Kennemer
• West Austin
• Metz (Opened 6/6/16)

The following seasonal pool will open starting the week of June 13 in accordance with its regular schedule of 11 a.m.– 8 p.m.
• Dottie Jordan

The following seasonal pools are open in accordance with their regular schedule of 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Weekdays; 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Weekends.
• Garrison Pool
• Mabel Davis Pool
• Walnut Creek Pool
• Balcones Pool
• Dick Nichols Pool
• Rosewood Pool
• Ditmar Pool
• Murchison Pool
• Ramsey Pool
• Westenfield Pool
• Martin (Opens 6/12)
• Montopolis (Opens 6/13)
• Shipe (Opens 6/13)
• Brentwood (Opens 6/12)
• Canyon Vista (Opens 6/12)

The following year-round pools are open:
• Bartholomew Pool
• Deep Eddy Pool
• Stacy Pool (“Big Stacy”)

Barton Springs Pool is currently closed due to recent flooding and will reopen on Monday, June 13.

For more information, and to apply for a lifeguard position, call (512) 974-9330 or go to lifeguardaustin.com.

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