Portland Parks & Recreation has announced that its seven outdoor pools (Creston, Grant, Montavilla, Peninsula, Pier, Sellwood and Wilson) will reopen on Wednesday, June 22 despite a watersports staffing shortage.
“We greatly appreciate the patience of Portlanders as the parks office continues to recruit, hire and train the valuable teammates who make PP&R’s services possible,” said Carmen Rubio, Portland Parks Commissioner, in a press release. “If you or someone you know is interested in helping children learn to swim while earning a good salary with a flexible schedule, please visit the PP&R website to find out about available positions and to apply . Hopefully, if we can recruit, hire and train more lifeguards soon, PP&R can expand swimming lessons throughout the summer.”
Recently, staffing has been a challenge for public pools in the United States. According to a nationwide survey conducted by the National Recreation and Parks Association, 88% of parks and recreational facilities said they are not fully staffed with lifeguards for the summer.
In Portland’s case, the shortage means swimming lessons will only be offered in outdoor pools this summer. However, the press release confirmed that training and lap swimming will continue at regular times in both Portland’s indoor and outdoor pools.
Meanwhile, family and open swim sessions are held exclusively in the outdoor pools (with the exception of limited indoor play swimming at the Matt Dishman Community Center).
For more information, visit: portland.gov/parks/recreation/pools.