A nationwide lifeguard shortage is affecting the hours that Oak Ridge’s municipal pools will be open this summer, the city said in a press release Monday.
“Due to the lower number of lifeguards this year, there are not enough people to staff both pools for the same hours they were open in previous seasons,” Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Aquatics Manager Vonda Wooten said in the press release.
The indoor pool at the Civic Center will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Swim lessons are from 9 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the press release said. Open lap is from 12:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Outdoor Pool is open for public swim Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Outdoor Pool will also be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to noon for 100-meter lap swim, the press release said.
As a reminder, areas of the Outdoor Pool may be closed at times depending on activities, attendance, and staffing, the press release said. The kid’s pool remains closed this season for repairs. Private pool parties are not available. The pool schedule is subject to change due to weather, special events, and/or staffing.
For questions or more information, call the Recreation and Parks Department at (865) 425-3450 or visit orrecparks.oakridgetn.gov.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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