Olean City Pool Season Ends August 15th | New

OLEAN – The City of Olean Youth and Recreation Department is set to wrap up another summer swimming season next weekend.

Kris Shewairy, the department’s coordinator, said Thursday the Franchot Park wading pool was scheduled to close on August 15. Hours for the rest of the season include:

• Saturday: 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• Sunday: 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• Tuesday: 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• Wednesday: 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• Thursday: POOL CLOSED

• August 13: 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• August 14: 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• August 15: 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The August 15 cutoff date matches most of the previous years, Shewairy said, and the wading pool has been heavily used this season, he said.

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“In good weather we would have an average of 100 swimmers between the two sessions,” he said, tied with most years.

However, a nationwide shortage of lifeguards due to demand for services and the lack of certified lifeguards has struck near our home, limiting hours at Franchot Park and the War Veterans Park’s main pool closed for the second consecutive summer. . The Franchot site requires three lifeguards to operate due to its size and swimmer capacity, while the Veterans Park site requires four on duty at a time.

“We ended up getting a total of four – it was a struggle,” Shewairy said, adding that even the higher training bonuses and salaries than other summer city government jobs were not enough. – leaving the main basin closed and unoccupied. “We didn’t have enough guards, it wasn’t worth it.

The main pool requires 180,000 gallons of water, while the adjacent small wading pool requires about 10,000 gallons. The wading pool at Franchot Park takes 86,000 gallons to fill.

Although the city’s water utility does not bill other city departments for water usage, everything is treated like ordinary drinking water and every building in the city has a water meter. to track usage, Shewairy said.

There were several ways to save money, however. Chemical costs – up about 50% from the previous year – were reduced by purchasing only enough to keep the Franchot pool open, while labor to clean the pool and utilities to run the filtration pumps at War Vets Park have been allocated elsewhere. The city was able to buy $ 2,500 in paint and have staff repaint the larger pool, Shewairy added, a job that hasn’t been done in the past decade.

Shewairy said it was too early to talk about reopening the pool in 2022.

“We will be working during the winter recruiting,” he said, and with luck more lifeguard training courses will be offered and more lifeguards will seek summer employment as the pandemic subsides. .

FUTURE, Shewairy said work was due to begin shortly to fill and freeze the ice rink at the William O. Smith Recreation Center.

In 2020, the rink closed in early March due to the pandemic, but was allowed to reopen in September for hockey practice and other activities. At the end of winter, free skating was allowed again.

“We want the rink to be ready in September,” Shewairy said. “We plan to open at the beginning of September.

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