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Beloit’s Krueger pool sees second delay

The park district says anyone interested in lifeguarding this season, to sign up.
Anyone interested in becoming a lifeguard at the pool can apply online at...
Anyone interested in becoming a lifeguard at the pool can apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/beloitwi.(City of Beloit)
Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 3:58 PM CDT
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BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) - If you’re looking to swim in the Beloit area, the city’s public outdoor pool won’t be an option this weekend.

Due to staffing shortages, the Beloit park district’s Krueger pool hasn’t been opened for the season. A spokesperson from the city said it can’t commit to an opening date at this time. “Hopefully soon, but the pool will not open this weekend,” they commented.

“It’s a long standing tradition in Beloit to have an afternoon of fun swimming,” said Beloit Strategic Communications Director Sarah Lock. “We are remaining hopeful for the summer that we’ll be able to open.”

Krueger is not the only one in Beloit that’s experienced a shortage of lifeguards, the YMCA says it’s had a shortage since the pandemic started. But YMCA Aquatics Director Kim Waite says those numbers, luckily, have increased since last summer.

“There were times during, the school year, we would shut our pool down in the middle of the day,” said Waite.

While there are a few splash pads nearby, Krueger pool is one of the best swimming options in the area. The park district encourages anyone interested in becoming a lifeguard for the season, to sign up.

“We want to provide a safe environment for them to swim and cool off,” said Lock.

Both lifeguards and cashier positions will boost staffing levels to open this summer. Interested candidates can apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/beloitwi.

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