When Will Rochester’s Pools Re-Open? Here’s What We Know So Far.
To find out what the heck was going on, we reached out to Paul Widman, Rochester Parks & Recreation Director. But first, some background.
From a story this morning on KROC NEWS -
"Yesterday (Tuesday the 8th), the Soldier's Field Pool announced a capacity limit of 300 in an effort to control unruly guests but that policy quickly changed. Citing safety concerns, the City...announced the two city pools will be temporarily closed, effective immediately.
The city's press release says, "The unsafe activities have included fights, pushing, children being left unattended, lack of attention to the lifeguards, and general disregard for pool rules." (Keep Reading - Rochester Closes City Pools)
What Is The City Going to Do to Keep Rochester's City Pools Safe?
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I asked Paul, and I quote, "What the flaming hooty-hoo is happening there, man?" His response was super straightforward.
"Top three reasons we close the pool are safety, safety, and safety. T here are just so many things that were distracting the lifeguards from doing their job of just of maintaining safety in the water, so much going on in and around the pools that could have led to something distracting from somebody that really needed some help or a young child that needed help."
So they're taking a breather and in meetings over the next several days, come up with a plan to keep safety top notch and get the pools open.
"...pre COVID (we went from having) five lifeguards on duty to nine. Uh, so that was one of the things that was implemented. And then we are looking at maybe providing some support, some people to help monitor outside the pool and on the deck."
James Rabe (02:23): Is there...a chance that some people really just don't know how to act at the pool?
Paul Widman (02:30): Well, there's a lot of things that we're thinking. One is, there's just a lot of pent up energy right now because we're coming out of COVID and it is a unique and strange time for all of us. I know in my own household, we're all adjusting to that. And so we're thinking that factors in quite a bit. We do have some behavior issues going on. We don't know really what the source is, but, um, working to, to manage that as best as we can.
So, When Will Rochester's City Pools Open
The best Widman could offer was, "I can't give you a firm date, but once we get resources identified and in place, we'll be open. The good thing is Silver Lake is ready to roll. And so we'll have that extra room and extra pool to absorb some of the demands."
I wish we had more for you, but I think it's better theyt ake the time and do it correctly.
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