YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — As it stands right now, the City of Youngstown will not be able to open its only swimming pool this summer.
The Northside Pool on Belmont Avenue is actually ready to go. In fact, workers were at the pool on Tuesday, putting the finishing touches on the water and equipment.
But Youngstown Parks and Recreation Director Robert Burke said unless more people sign up to be lifeguards, they won’t be able to open the gates at all. Right now, only five of the 10 open positions are filled and the job has been advertised for months.
“We are in desperate need for lifeguards to come into the park office and apply. The community loves the pool during the summer, the eight weeks that it is open. And without this pool, people are going to be upset,” Burke said.
People like Moeisha Calhoun, who has been coming to the pool for years.
“I think a lot of kids would be upset because during the wintertime I heard people talking about they can’t wait for summer to go to the pool and have fun and stuff like that at the pool,” Moeisha said.
Applicants have to be a certified lifeguard. They will work about 40 hours a week and make $10 an hour.
“It is the perfect summer job. You’re out in the sun, you’re enjoying the day. You get to jump in the water once in a while on your own,” Burke said.
Alex Scott worked at the pool last summer, and hopes to come back this year.
“It’s kind of exciting because you just meet a lot of people and you never know what is going to happen every day,” Scott said.
If the city is able to get enough lifeguards, the pool will be open seven days a week through Aug 6. The pool originally was scheduled to open June 11.
To apply, just stop by the Park Office at Youngstown City Hall.
In Niles, the city pool will not be opening this summer because of budgetary concerns. It is the first time in nearly 30 years the pool has not been open for people who live in the city and surrounding areas to enjoy.
“I was so disappointed because we go there every year. It’s not very expensive. The kids love it. You can stay there all day and it’s a really nice pool. So I was shocked when I found out they were not going to open this year,” said Patty Coller of Cortland, who is a web producer for WKBN.
The last time the pool did not open for the season was in 1983 and 1984. It has been a summer staple since it reopened in 1985.
And a small snag is delaying the opening of the public pool in East Palestine.
When workers started filling the pool in late May, they discovered several leaks. Repairs were made, and the water is once again flowing.
City Manager Pet Monteleone said all lifeguards have been hired and are ready to go. The pool should be ready for its first swimmers this Friday or Saturday, and it will be open every day through Labor Day.