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Indy Parks: No definitive date on pools opening this summer

A spokesperson from Indy Parks tells 13News said many public swimming pools will open, though there has been no definitive date of when.
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Broad Ripple Park pool sits empty, but the city says it will be open at some point this summer.

INDIANAPOLIS — An empty Broad Ripple Park Pool shows no signs of opening on Memorial Day.

According to Friends of Broad Ripple Pool, the pool has been closed for the last two years.

Some are concerned it could remain closed for a third year, but a spokesperson from Indy Parks tells 13News many public swimming pools will open, though there has been no definitive date of when.

"Considering where we are today with hiring and pool updates, we know Krannert Park pool will be closed for remodeling, and summer pool openings could be delayed by at least one week from the typical Memorial Day weekend opening to allow for new staff to complete the hiring and training process," said Ronnetta Spaulding, an Indy Parks spokesperson. "A final pool announcement will be made early next week."

Spaulding said they will begin opening its splash pads on May 21, with a few exceptions for ongoing construction efforts.  

Indy Parks has 18 facilities with pools in Indianapolis, many in need of lifeguards and other positions.

Spaulding said Indy Parks needs 100 lifeguards. Pay for lifeguards starts at $15 an hour, a $2 per hour increase from last year. It is also $5 an hour more than lifeguards made in 2016.

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The department also needs 13 pool managers and 16 cashiers. Those positions are also seeing a pay raise for this summer. Pool managers now make $16.50 an hour, while cashiers earn $13 an hour. Head lifeguards are paid $15.75 an hour, which is also an increase over last year.

For more information on becoming a lifeguard or to apply for another position, visit the Indy Parks website.

RELATED: 'Safe Summer' program returns to Indianapolis parks this summer

For more information on Indy Parks jobs, programs, and pool schedules, visit parks.indy.gov, contact the Customer Service Center at 317-327-PARK, or email IndyParksCS@indy.gov.

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