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All Four Outdoor Metro Parks And Recreation Swimming Pools To Open Memorial Day Weekend

Photo: Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation

All four outdoor Metro Parks and Recreation swimming pools – including the Algonquin Pool, 1614 Cypress Street, will be open as originally scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.

Because of a lack of available, certified lifeguards, the Algonquin Park pool was in danger of not opening on time for the traditional opening of the Metro Parks and Recreation outdoor pool season, which is the Saturday before Memorial Day.

Metro Parks and Recreation staff has supplemented the available lifeguards with staff from other sites, including a manager and supervisor, who will facilitate the opening of the pool on Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m. Metro Parks and Recreation also is working with the Louisville Metro Police Department to provide security at the Algonquin pool.

Admission is $2 for children 17 and younger and $3 for adults 18 and over. Photo identification is required for anyone age 9 or older; children 8 and under must be accompanied by a guardian 12 or older with photo identification. Metro Parks can make identification cards for children who need them for $4 per card; call (502) 897-9949 for details.

(Note: For information on the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, click here.)

Metro Parks pools will be open:   

Summer 2017: May 27, 28 & 29- Memorial Day Weekend &

June 3 – July 29, 2017 pools will Open Daily with the following schedules:

Algonquin Park
1614 Cypress Street, 40210
Open Daily: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Closed Tuesdays

Fairdale (Nelson Hornbeck Park)
709 Fairdale Road, 40118
Open Daily: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. • Closed Mondays

Norton (Camp Taylor Memorial Park)
4201 Lee Avenue, 40213
Open Daily: 11 a m.- 4 p m  • Closed Thursdays

Sun Valley Park
6506 Bethany Lane, 40272
Open Daily: 1p m  – 6 p.m. • Closed Wednesdays

Metro Parks still offering lifeguard training at Algonquin Pool

After Memorial Day weekend, the pools, including Algonquin, close until Saturday, June 3, when they will remain open six days a week through July 29.

Metro Parks and Recreation is still offering a lifeguard certification course at the Algonquin Pool from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 2.

Thus far, 10 citizens have registered to take the course, leaving spots for 10 more students.

Those who commit to working at a Metro Parks and Recreation pool for the summer season will be able to take the course for free. Students should be 16 years of age or older to become certified as a lifeguard.

They must pass the prerequisites below to become certified.

Prerequisites for Lifeguard Training

The following are prerequisite skills for lifeguard training; you will be asked to perform these skills on the first day of class.

  • Swim 300 yards continuously– 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and 100 choice of freestyle or breaststroke.
  • Tread water for two minutes no hands.
  • Swim 20 yards and surface dive 10 feet retrieving a 10-pound brick. Once swimmer has retrieved brick then the swimmer must swim 20 yards on their back while holding both hands on the brick to the original starting point.
  • The swimmer must exit the water without using a ladder or steps. This prerequisite must be completed in 1 min and 40 seconds.

To register for the course, call Keith Smith at (502) 895-6499.

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