Kansas City, Missouri 2021-05-28 13:42:00 –
Roeland Park, Kansas (KCTV) –Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, celebrating cooking, family gatherings, and the opening of an outdoor pool.
However, many outdoor pools may not open this year due to problems finding staff.
Roeland Park has just completed a refurbishment of its new pool. In 2019, the city approved a $ 1.5 million worth of renewals. There are new splash zones, speedy slides and lots of shade. (((See details of improvements).
However, like many cities in the region, the pools start the season in a limited amount of time due to the widespread shortage of lifeguards.
“This year’s hiring was the hardest thing we’ve ever done,” said Parks director Tony Nichols. The city needs about 10 more people.
And he is not alone. Overland Park had to close three pools and is still trying to find and train lifeguards.
“We still employ and operate lifeguard classes,” said Lenny Wraith of Overland Park. “Ideally, I want about 20 more people.”
Upon examination, Kansas City is still trying to hire 50 lifeguards. Seaney has 20 opening.
The city interviews candidates daily. Others are raising their salaries to attract more people. Roland Park Mayor Mike Kelley says his first job is great.
“I’ve done it for six years. Some of my favorite memories are at the Leawood Aquatic Center,” says Kelly.
Fully opening the pool for summer fun requires additional support from those who are willing to work on new jobs.
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